Monet’s Garden Re-Imagined
Last summer while visiting relatives in Denver, Colorado, we saw exquisite colors, smelled fragrant blooms, and heard busy birds and insects. The Denver Botanic Gardens featured an exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s organic blown glass. (June to November 2014.) The sculptures were vibrant, iridescent and sensual.
In 2001, Chihuly started his Garden Cycle, exhibitions within botanical settings. Many sculptures stood on their own, while others were set amongst existing gardens.
I love color, texture and the juxtaposition of the natural and manmade, and try to capture that in my photographs.
Enjoy this “tour” of the gardens, the first of many posts inspired by an artist.
Claude Monet is my favorite artist, and there are many whose work I love. When I sit in front of his enormous canvases in the MOMA or MET, I find that elusive thing I search for every day…inner peace. I am transported to Giverny, lost among the flowers, and walking in the forest forever…just for a moment.
Where does the glass end? Where do the reflections begin?
In this photograph, reflections of green swirls become Lily Pads roots. Purple glass spikes grow out of the water and erase it.
“Glass itself is so much like water. If you let it go on its own, it almost ends up looking like something that came from the sea. ” (quote by Chihuly)
Hon, have you seen Chihuly’s work before? Where? What did you think of it?