A New View: No. 8 0f 40 Forts

A New View: No. 8 of 40 Forts

A New View: No. 8 of 40 Forts

By doing a little work ahead of time, I fell into a nice groove. Especially with Lucy sleeping in the evenings, I was able to finish my tents each night around 10:15 or a little earlier.

When I first started the project, I was concerned that I would spend all day trying to find a time to work on the piece. Plus when would I blog? I was overwhelmed. But now that I have fallen into a routine with finishing the forts, it feels like its intent – a meditative process or an escape.

Each night around 9, I have taken my supplies and spent a few minutes working on the bed. I would have finished a little earlier one night, except I lost my contact. And then last night, I was delayed with the whole teething situation. I almost put off No. 8 until today. But I didn’t. I am pleased with how it turned out.

Suddenly it seemed too important for her to just get along.

Suddenly it seemed too important for her to just get along.

With only three folded tents left (and I forgot about one of those), my pickings were slim. But I liked this group of sheep. And there are numerous sheep references throughout the Bible with Jesus being the shepherd. So it seems like a perfect match.

I had an idea of cutting out all of the heads of the sheep using my scalpel. But once I folded up the head of the little sheep in the back of the crowd, it hit me. Here she was, startled, but realizing that everything just wasn’t right. This was her a-ha moment.

Sticking her head out for a new view

Sticking her head out for a new view

Suddenly it seemed too important for her to just get along.


This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.

Read about all of the Forty Forts.

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