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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mini Altar - Dia De Los Muertos inspired Tortoise

This was a birthday gift to my mom :) I suppose one could say this is not exactly a "traditional" type gift: a beady flower bouquet, mixed with found junk, sticks, and a "dead tortoise." Well, this is true, but my mom's happy, generous and loving spirit is not exactly traditional--thank goodness for me ;)! LOL My mom is one of my favorite junking parnters...the only person who will go with me on my desert junk--I mean TREASURE(!)--hunts this side of the Colorado! She also loves Day of the Dead...

When I first found this twisted car ashtray, I immediately thought, "oo, this would make a perfect mini-altar!" It sat around in my work space for a while until I made an extra Day of the Dead-inspired tortoise, from another project, and placed it in the ashtray. I love those new beads and I thought they were the perfect addition to the altar--representing the wildflowers that desert tortoises love in spring.

The desert tortoise is still a threatened species due to habitat loss, predation, and reckless OHV enthusiasts; and now climate change according to some scientists--the effects of which could surely accelerate desert tortoise disappearance in the wild.

Made from: found car ashtray, washer, also wire, sticks, glass beads, and acrylic.

6" h x ~3 1/2" w


  1. I am the very lucky recipient of this uber-creative piece! I love what it represents (maybe one could read into it that smoking is death! huummmm!)...I love the tortoise and the flower beads, too....so perfect and a PERFECT gift for a Mom who is your biggest fan! THank you!

  2. :)

    P.S. Ooo, I hadn't even thought of the "smoking is death" idea! I can totally see that now. This is what I love about all art--how its meaning can be as unique and varied as each person looking at it :)