I spend a large chunk of my time making art, so when I find art unexpectedly, it runs shivers into my soul like the first trill of a songbird in spring. Some art forms deliberately make the viewer uncomfortable, and street art is an excellent medium for this, while others settle into their natural landscapes like a bird onto a branch, reminding me that we can be a part of nature too.

This cheery stone greeted us from atop a post at the entrance to a popular hiking trail:


and then there was this:


and this:


and this dark wonder of low tide beachscaping:


The next bunch we found at Barn Marsh Island beach near Cape Enrage, NB (Canada).  The TARDIS and dalek were built in 2017. You can’t see the dalek’s eye stalk because I prioritized safety (the cliff in the back is unstable) so you’ll have to trust me it’s there. I’m guessing the left-most sculpture relates to the Doctor Who theme as well but I haven’t figured it out yet. As it’s more rickety than the others, it may have been added by another artist later. There’s actually driftwood inside the dalek and the TARDIS to keep them sturdy, and they were SOLID. They lasted a full winter of nor’easters, blizzards, and storm surges before disappearing early in the summer of 2018, and I still suspect someone might have kicked them over at that point.


These next two are from the same beach, same spot, just this past week. I like to think it’s the same Whovian artist because of the style and the use of driftwood to balance the rock.


above is the side-view, and this next one is looking head-on at the wall with the Bay of Fundy behind it. Gorgeous.


Do you find art in unexpected places? I’d love to hear about it if you do.

In writing news, I have a sci-fi drabble, or 100-word story, in the Storming Area 51: Survivor Stories anthology from Black Hare Press and we hit #1 on Amazon in the U.S. last week. Woohoo! You can read the reviews and learn more about the book by clicking here.

5 thoughts on “art where it isn’t supposed to be. Plus a TARDIS.

  1. Discovered art is always wonderful. You never know if its been left by aliens or faeries. I am a gardener and privileged to find natures own art on a regular basis. My favourites? Intensely lime green caterpillars and stones that look like cake. On a more artefact basis, I’ve been doing this job for 11 years now and on a shelf in my own garden have a museum of all the bottles I’ve uncovered while digging. I have 4 now. Loved your post and will certainly be looking up your story. Congratulations! Keep turning those stones.


    1. I must admit I’ve never seen a stone that looks like cake, though once I found one that looked liked a T-rex. We call it Tyrannosaurus rock.
      I just found out our Storming Area 51 e-book is free across the amazons this weekend, if you’re truly interested, you can snag it for free.
      Thank you!


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