An electric train chugs past whimsical landscapes and coastal lighthouses made of twigs, leaves and nuts. The fantasy installation includes national landmarks along with a replica of the Coney Island Ohio River shoreline entrance to the Cincinnati landmark, no doubt a nod to the creator’s Tri-State roots.
In a U.S. Botanic Garden display that pays homage to historic lighthouses, Paul Busse, Northern Kentucky artist, forager and creator of Applied Imagination, continues to add his personal creative vision to the holidays in the nation’s capital.
Christmas, 1914 on the Western Front during World War I. Soldiers on both sides, barley surviving in amazingly harsh conditions, up to their knees in mud and water, enduring the disease and slaughter that was trench warfare. But spontaneously, in several places along the front lines, soldiers on both sides begin singing Christmas songs, then cautiously climb out of their trenches to meet in no-man's land, to exchange good wishes, cigarettes and other small gifts, declaring an unofficial break from the horrors of battle.