The inscription above the gateway reads:
Jesus, son of Mary said: ‘The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.’
Buland Darwaza. Fatehpur Sikri, India. 1601.
Though I barely remember it, Grandpa had a many-splendored front yard at his house in Lindsborg. There were many painted concrete animal statues, whirligigs and he also had the wrench fence. I recall they clanged splendidly in the great plains wind (at least to my five year old ear).
When I was scanning this photo this evening I noticed for the first time there are also two of the aforementioned Reuben Strange whirligigs mounted atop the fence.
Eben Johnson’s Fence. Lindsborg, Kansas. c. 1970.
Eben Johnson’s fence as featured on the front page of The McPherson Sentinel, July 27, 1970.
I still don’t entirely understand the history and origin of this image being as my German is non-existent and Google translator is only so good. Do love the perspective of the room though it’s a pity that Clauss doesn’t appear to have room to stand up without hitting his head on those beautifully rendered ceiling beams.
Clauss Chess, toymaker. 1558.