Colorful glasses at a botanical garden
March 28, 2012 § 17 Comments
It’s always a joyful thing to visit a botanical garden in Springtime, to see flowers blossom in every possible colour. They are elegant, exotic and flat out beautiful. However, a visit is even better when there’s some special art installation going on in it. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S., in May 2007, when artist Dale Chihuly dressed up the garden in vibrant glass sculpture.
Once I walked inside the green house, I found some strange looking glass spikes in different shades, curling at different directions. The title of this piece was “Amber Cattails.” They were placed among a bunch of green leafy plants, so striking as if they were some tropical plants dancing on top of the leaves. After that, it was rooms after rooms of bold colour, the contrast really left a strong impression in my head. There were lots of unexpected colour, it was like walking in the wonderland full of surprises.
The organic form and lively movement of the glass scultptures went so well with the real plants around. It was amazing how the artist drew inspiration from the nature, and created something with such harmony as a bridge between art and nature. It was one of the prettiest thing I’ve seen inside a botanical garden.
Note: “Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens and Glass” was displayed at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, in 2007. For Dale Chihuly’s current exhibition, please visit www.chihuly.com. You may also find some official photos at the Phipps Annual Report 2007