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Midas Touch Duck Tape Roses
Photograph - Photograph Of Mixed Media
*copyright 2012 Laura Grisham
*copyright on image and concept
*The roses were created with gold Duck Tape and staged in a VERY real (thorns and all!) rose bush. The title came from the Greek myth of King Midas...
The Story Behind the Midas Touch Roses:
King Midas was a very kind man who ruled his kingdom fairly, but he was not one to think very deeply about what he said. One day, while walking in his garden, he saw an elderly satyr asleep in the flowers. Taking pity on the old fellow, King Midas let him go without punishment. When the god Dionysus heard about it, he rewarded King Midas by granting him one wish. The king thought for only a second and then said I wish for everything I touch to turn to gold." And so it was.
The beautiful flowers in his garden turned toward the sun for light, but when Midas approached and touched them, they stood rigid and gold. The king grew hungry and thin, for each time he tried to eat, he found that his meal had turned to gold. His lovely daughter, at his loving touch, turned hard and fast to gold. His water, his bed, his clothes, his friends, and eventually the whole palace was gold.
King Midas saw that soon his whole kingdom would turn to gold unless he did something right away. He asked Dionysus to turn everything back to the way it had been and take back his golden touch. Because the king was ashamed and very sad, Dionysus took pity on him and granted his request. Instantly, King Midas was poorer that he had been, but richer, he felt, in the things that really count.
*I hope that you are still questioning these beautiful golden roses...because they were created using Duck Tape! I found the gold metallic tape much more of a challenge to work with and it took over an hour to form each individual flower. After creating them I 'staged' them in a REAL rose bush and created a "Midas Touch Rose Bush!" I found the humor just too good to pass up!
I would like to add that, like King Midas, many of us are so focused on material things that we often miss the beautiful things around us that are free. May we always be reminded of our all powerful Creator when we view the beauty around us and give Him the glory and honor and praise for allowing us to live in such a magnificent garden.
"Whoever has money never has enough; whoever LOVES wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless" Ecclesiastes 5:10
"Everyone comes naked from their mother's womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands."
March 18th, 2012
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