Me & My Statue: Our Lawn Ornaments, Ourselves

Written by Steve Wilson (Re-posted from the Spring 2015 Flea)

Randolph Rd., Smitten in Stone

As far as Mike Stefanik knows, his front yard poetry rock garden writes itself much of the time. The window of his home office (he makes the Austin Events calendar) overlooks the pile of stones he painted with words from a zen magnetic poetry kit, but he rarely sees anyone stopping to write with it. “Somehow it usually changes when I’m not looking,” he says.

Nevertheless, he likes what he sees out there A few of this fave creations: “this calmed us,” “reality is the moon” and “today is the one.”

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Photo credit: Mike Stefanik

Over the holidays, Stefanik puts out red and green stones with seasonal words like “jolly” to blend with perrenials like “enlightenment.” He also recently installed a chalkboard wall below the rock garden, but it doesn’t see much action. “Some people did some nice drawings of dogs once. Another person came by every day for a while and added a new drawing of a flower to their collage. That was pretty cool.”

Stefanik plans to make a hashtag sign so people can post their stone poems on Twitter. He also wants to install a front-yard “fortune-telling plinko board, but who knows if that will ever happen.”

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