Sculptural Energy

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“Abstract Stack” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – I wish I could take a photo of how I see a landscape… Of how I see energy… But until then… This digital edit will have to do…

I long for the energy of the forest… It occupies my mind when I am not in her presence… I draw my energy from her… And In turn… I give that energy back… In my own way…

Our surroundings give off energy… Pulses and waves that are only visible to those that are willing to take the time to observe them… I consider myself one of those people… Not because I am special… But because I know how to listen…

You see… Energy is all around us… We may not physically see it… But we all feel it… Sometimes… The energy can be so strong that I have to drop everything that I am doing… Just to stop for a moment and listen… To understand… Because when I stop and listen… I always learn something… I always come out the other side in a better place… Regardless of content…

When I find a place with positive… Or negative energy… I tend to gravitate towards it… I long for it… Not long ago… I was a source of negative energy… Even my positive energy was nothing more than a farce intended to draw your mind away from the fact that I was in a great deal of pain… I believe that this is part of the reason I now see everything as energy… I was exposed to so much of the bad stuff… That when my mind awakened enough to feel again… I was completely overloadeded by the good stuff… Once I figured out a comfortable balance point… I have been able to balance the feelings out…

Now… When I walk… Or meditate… I rarely see the physical as the primary element in a landscape… I observe energy… I harness the energy… And in some cases… I attempt to channel that energy through my sculptures… My sculptures are intended to be a beacon of energy… They are the X on my map… These are the places where the earth either sings praise… Or screams bloody murder… Where the energy is good… My sculptures channel that energy… Only releasing it when someone is willing to observe… On the opposite end… When the energy is bad… My sculptures absorb it… Channel it… And by the simple act of drawing attention to a specific area… Converts the negative energy to positive energy…

When I don’t have a chance to go out and work in nature… My spirit hurts… The simple act of making my little stone sculptures… No matter how irrelevant people think it is… Is a requirement to my spiritual well-being… It is now a part of me… It is my little way to affect my surroundings and make my world a little nicer… And hopefully… Make your world a little nicer in the process…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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From Tree to Shining Tree

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“Reflect the Perfect” – © chriscondello 2013 – Keystone State Park, PA – Nature is truly spectacular sometimes… But wait… This is a man made reservoir… In fact… It was originally built to wash bituminous coal and quench coke ovens… This lake was in fact born out of the fire and smoke of the steel industry…

Ninety percent of what I do is observation… I observe nature… I observe society… And I translate that into a few words… I translate it into the garden…

The forest floor is the vacation site of the financially poor… So that is where I stay… We laugh and play… Celebrating with the trees the start of another beautiful day… And ask the forest gods to essentially pray… Pray for me… Pray for you… Pray for all the rotten shit we do…

What form does your god take… Mine is spread out among the trees… The nesting site of the birds and the bees… The edge of the forest… The edge of society… When I pose a question… The trees always reply to me…

Spiritual energy builds at the edge of the forest… Evident in the night… Orange sun reminiscent of candlelight… Spirits walk with me along the forest floor… I can feel them all around… They give me eyes in the dark… They are the memories of everyone that has been in this park…

From tree to shining tree… And all the trees I’ll plant in between… Won’t hold a candle… To the queen of serene… The ultimate architect… Landscaper to the rich and famous… Nature… My spirit… And your spirits… Combine in the woods… To create life… To sustain spirits… To harness energy…

For you and I… And our children… And hopefully… Someday… Your children’s children…

I often talk about feeling energy… Sometimes I worry it makes me come off as a crazy man… Then I realize… I am… So I’m going to talk about it anyway… Lately… The energy that I have noticed is different… It is changing… In a good way… I think this means something good is going to happen… Maybe to you… But hopefully to me… Either way… It’s changing…

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“Ghost on Ghost” – © chriscondello 2013 – Keystone State Park – Monotropa uniflora – Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe… This plant gets its energy from the trees… Just like me…

I have not been writing as much… I’m in a state of observation… Gathering information… And writing…  I’ll be posting more soon…

So as always…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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