Lyle/Guardian of Humanity

Lyle is our Panglossian* compadre, making his mark across the golden Californiascape. This is an ongoing series.

I began making Lyles in 2015, back when the world was somewhat different. In those days, he felt more of a friend than anything else - smiling down on us as we went about our daily business.

These days Lyle seems to have changed. I see him more as a guardian, still watching, still smiling, but no longer passively. Lyle has become for me, a Guardian of Humanity - he's here to remind us that decency still exists, but needs to be protected. We must not be complacent. Nothing can be taken for granted.

* Pangloss (n): A person who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances. Panglossian (adj). Named after Dr. Pangloss, Voltaire’s teacher (Candide - 1759).