Canadian Folk Art Outdoors

The Venus Corner

Ancient Roman gardens frequently boasted a "Venus Corner," where surprisingly explicit statues and reclining benches made a haven for lovers. The age of Canadian outdoor folk art, at its height, also featured erotic and suggestive statuary.

Bird Houses - Photo: H. Foster Man, Woman and Child Bird Houses
Maker unknown
Cornwall, Ontario
Ca. 1965
CCFCS 78-590, 78-591, 78-592

Bird Houses (back) - Photo: H. Foster "First comes love, then comes marriage, along comes someone in a baby carriage." The traditional skipping-rope rhyme describes the natural progression of love depicted by this series of memorable bird houses.

Only the father and mother are actual bird houses, with entrances at the rear. These two were designed to sit on fence posts. But, clearly, the maker thought something should be produced as a result of this splendid match, and so built the tiny child, which is simply a carving, rather than a bird house.

Wire and Steel Woman - Photo: H. Foster Wire and Steel Woman
Albert Winje
Slocan Valley, British Columbia
Ca. 1965
CCFCS 83-1714

Mr. Winje (Slocan Valley, British Columbia) was a talented metalworker and welder who made a series of wonderful metal sculptures of people and animals, mostly in the form of skeletons. His recycling of metal parts, along with the delightful added touches such as hats, coffee pots and strategically placed steel-wool pads make his work edgy, comic and amazingly inventive.


This Other Eden
Canadian Folk Art Outdoors


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