The Old Country Road

The Old Country Road

This piece is a representation and dedication to my parents for a great early childhood. My father and mother, Dick and Josephine Wobbe, made sure that my siblings and I were able to travel and see the countryside surrounding Washington DC where I grew up. During that time period, there was no beltway around the city, and for a 7 year old boy, lots of woods, fields and cows made the perfect setting for family weekend drives. I showed a very deep interest in collecting, mounting and labeling insects. The best part of the trip was catching Tiger Swallowtails on the plethora of Queen Ann’s Lace that filled the fields for most of our summers. Our weekend ride was on “The Old Country Road.” (Thanks mom and dad, I love you for that gift!)
All but two butterflies created for this project are indigenous to North America. These colorful insects are all hand cut glass, articulated naturally and and very close to being anatomically correct. Then leaded and mounted on skeletons that I created for the undercarriage of the whimsical insect. The drift wood was dragged for two and a half miles from Gordon Pass to the fishing pier in Naples Fl. Most of the glass was scrap from other projects and the wire for the exoskeleton was salvaged many years ago. The glass table top makes this a very unique and functional piece of art.

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