On May 1st when I was in elementary school, the entire school participated in a Maypole Dance. Students would each have a bright ribbon or crepe paper and dance around the school's flag pole, weaving around until the pole was covered -I can still remember all of the colors fluttering in the wind. I never knew the history of a May Pole, but knew we'd get to decorate the school's flag pole should May 1st fall on a school day. None of my 3 kids have ever participated in such a Maypole event at school. May Day is probably not "politically correct" or dancing with brightly colored ribbons is offensive to some group or other, which is too bad.
The Grasshopper was welded up today. I was getting a bit fussy again when he wasn't turning our how I was envisioning him... which is a bit of a contradiction because it wasn't clear in my mind HOW he was supposed to look, but seeing him stationary on the ground just wasn't doing it for me. I was thinking that it would look great if it appeared as if he had just landed on the side of a house or garden shed, so I welded some large hanging washers on his front feet. I'm still not sure of the finish I'll use on him or Mr. Mantis. Both sculptures need to hang around my yard and garden for a few days until it comes to me. Marieke came by yesterday and is going to drop off some samples of various patina's she uses from a
company called Sculpt Nouveau. She's right, their web site has a ton of possibilities, choices and options, Oh My!