Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

We’re supposed to walk on those?

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Many years ago, shortly after I came to San Diego, I signed on as a consultant working in the wireless telecommunications industry. We built cell sites so your cell phone would work, and for that I apologize. Of course, if I didn’t do it, someone else would have….

I had been with the company just a couple of months when everyone from around the nation flew to Boulder, Colorado, for a team weekend. During that weekend, I won a $100 gift certificate for meeting the most people and having them sign my team book as proof. I was also asked by the company to talk on fire….

Wait! What?

Yep, they asked me to walk on fire. I could not convince myself to do it. Purposefully walking on fire is kind of like purposefully inhaling smoke into your lungs. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Out of more than 500 people, though, there were only about 30 of us who declined the experience.

Last year when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, I was in the eucalyptus forest when I came upon a walkway that begged me NOT to walk on it. Everyone else, of course, was walking on it as if it was the most natural thing in the world. Maybe walking on walkways is natural, but walking on this one just seemed wrong.

Here are some pictures of what I chose NOT to walk on:

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Walkway art at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Would you have walked on that beautiful art?

Be truthful!

Smile if you would lie and say, “Sure! I would walk on those!”

Location of Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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11 thoughts on “We’re supposed to walk on those?

  1. randomrose

    mmmm…I am the odd one out here. They were made to walk on. If I was the artist that made them and saw as the years go worn areas where people had walked along, hopefully stopping to study them a little I would be pleased. Be pleased that the worn areas tell me stories of time and place and that I was a part of the walkway. Life is transient, life is meant to be lived, art if meant to be used should be used. I would like to take my shoes off and feel the creativity under my bare feet. Wouldn’t be walking on fire though. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Gallivanta

    I would walk on that pathway, in bare feet, because I would like to feel the artwork underfoot. It looks very tactile. By the way, our local beach, New Brighton, is having a Sand Castle competition on Feb 8th. The competition is styled on the US Open Sand Castle competition at Imperial Beach, San Diego. So, if you are feeling homesick for that competition

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  3. Mags Corner

    I would walk around the art work and for sure not walk on it. I hope they are protected somehow so that people walking on them will not cause them to wear away. That would be very sad. Hugs and give Zoey nose kisses for us.

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