|Horses --steel, in the form of origami folded paper - by Kevin Box, Santa Fe Botanic Garden|
My travels often combine art and plants, which intersect at sculpture installations in gardens. I have walked thorough many gardens and parks with both permanent and temporary art displays. Some were outstanding: see the horses runnig through the Santa Fe Botanic Garden, above.
Public parks and garden find art displays useful--for variety in their landscapes, because art is beautiful, and to increase attendance. The artist gets exposure to a different audience, especially if it is a traveling exhibit.
All of those are good. However, I am a great fan of nature. Forests and flowers are beautiful of themselves. Thus, for me, there is an important issue: does the outdoor setting make the art look better AND does the art make the outdoor setting look better? Most times I find the art enhanced by being outdoors. But sometimes the art does nothing for its setting.
Putting together the photos for this post, I found the art I've photographed in gardens and parks ranges from very representative to highly abstract. The viewer might just imagine seeing the horse (below)
|The American Horse, by Nina Akamu|
Frederik Meijer Garden, Grand Rapids, MI
|Bird Wrap by Ivan Eyre, |
McMichael Canadian Art Center, Toronto
|Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia; I didn't record the sculptor|
Some of these pieces of art are displayed outdoors because they are too big to display well indoors. And I feel that for some the environment was incidental--space was all that was needed. I don't have pictures where I felt that was the case because I don't photograph sculptures I don't like.
Pleasing pices, though, link in some way to their location. These big flowers are in a flowerbed.
|flowers, artist unknown, Loveland Colorado|
|Cora the Gardening Frog, J.A. Cobb, |
Mounts Botanic Garden, Florida
Art in parks and gardens can make you smile, from the surprise of encountering them, from the beauty, or from the message, or all of those. Mostly, both site and art are enhanced. The great ones are really terrific. Look for them.
|a mushroom with teeth? Juming Museum, Taipei, Taiwan|
|lotus leaves in glass, Dale Chihuly sculpture, |
seen at Denver Botanic Garden
Comments and corrections welcome.More pictures of Chiluly Glass in Denver link
More of Juming Musuem in Taiwan: link