Glass House

Bottle House, Airlie Gardens

Bottle House, Airlie Gardens © 2013 Bo Mackison

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

There is a glass house in Airlie Gardens. The glass house is constructed with bottles of all sorts, all colors, all donated in honor of a beloved artist who was also the garden gatekeeper for 25 years. It was created by local artist Virginia Wright-Frierson in 2004 and is called the “Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden Bottle House”.

Bottle House, Airlie Gardens

Bottle Wall © 2013 Bo Mackison

There’s an old proverb, well-known. “He who lives in a glass house, should not throw the first stone.” And as the saying proclaims, if one has faults of their own, one should not criticize the faults of others. My way of thinking, we all have our faults, and so perhaps it would be appropriate for none of us to throw the first stone. Or the second. Or the third.

Sounds like a peaceful way to live.

Accepting each other, no stone throwing.

Close Up of Bottle House, Airlie Gardens

Close Up of Bottle House © 2013 Bo Mackison

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”
~ Thomas Merton

Bottle House, Airlie Gardens

Half Full, Half Empty © 2013 Bo Mackison

It’s not, “is the glass half full or half empty?” It’s “is there anyone around who’s thirsty and needs a drink?” – Cory Booker

A glass house – an interesting place for a visit with a muse.


Bo Mackison is photographer, book-artist, collector of stories, naturalist, curator and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  While in Wilmington, North Carolina, a visit to Airlie Gardens and the Bottle House provided the opportunity to consider glass houses.

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