Yes, it's finally come to that. First, just admitting that I'd never, ever use it as a fireplace again took 5 years of it sitting there taking up good space on my deck. (Okay, there was plenty of room on what one neighbor has dubbed an aircraft carrier and I call a roomy deck.)
Then came the decision to turn it into a garden ornament, aspiring to the fake-natural found-shard look. It looked silly standing upright but on its side, maybe. At least in May I thought so. But design-wise there's no right place for it anywhere – anywhere that I can imagine. See, it's not as if I can deftly move it from spot to spot and assess the look – it's too damn heavy for that.
Then after a landscape architect friend suggested a new focal point in a greatly expanded border, I tried really hard to convince myself that this, finally, was the place to repurpose the old chiminea, then decided that I just don't have the design chops to pull it off. Or that the whole garden – a lush, green, Eastern backdrop - is wrong for a big Spanish-style thing.
So yesterday I made the decision to liberate myself and my garden from the burden of this thing once and for all, and posted "Free Chiminea" on my neighborhood Yahoo group, which immediately yielded one taker and a back-up. Let them try to love it, and maybe even succeed.