Monday Morning Memo: Art

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October 22, 2012 by: Margret

A couple of weeks ago I read an article about artists in residence in, of all places, an aquarium. At the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota, a couple of otters live, play, and create, both of them cared for by humans because they were too young to fend for themselves when they were orphaned. According to the MPR News,

A few times a week the duo spend their lunchtime out of the public’s eye, circling card stock covered in smeared paint while they eat fish.

The better pieces are framed and on display outside the Aquarium’s gift shop, where they sell for about $35.

The article caught my attention because that morning I’d opened my office door (where the kitties spend their nighttimes and all their essentials for living are contained) and found what you see here: a deeply gouged and shredded roll of paper towels. Actually, there was a lot more than what I’ve photographed, as a 4’ x 6’ patch of carpet was covered in shreds.

Laughing as I cleaned up — couldn’t scold since they were just doing what comes naturally, especially since I was the one at fault because I’d forgotten the roll the night before, having left it on a bookshelf right after cleaning a spill on my desk — I thought of the possibility of selling these one-of-a-kind sculptures. Nah…probably not. Still, I had to admit that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and an abundant variety, and laughed at the joy our Creator must have when His creation does what comes naturally to them.

All of Heaven’s best,

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