I just returned from a visit to Reno, Nevada. While there I had to walk…
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s artwork.
Recently while in Atlanta I had a chance to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The artist Dale Chihuly still had his sculptors in blown glass there on display.
What impressed me was how art like this fits in so well with the garden. It was as if the two were meant to be together in one burst of nature and color.
Nineteenth century Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan wrote about art and the garden in 1861 in his magazine Gardener’s Monthly. He said: “To regard a garden otherwise than as a work of art, would tend to a radical perversion of its nature. A garden is for comfort and convenience, luxury and use, as well as for making a beautiful picture. It is to express civilization, and care, and design, and refinement. It is a blending of art with nature.”
Garden and Art
Certainly the many sculptures by Chihuly contributed to that blend of art with nature. [below]
What I sometimes find difficult is how much art to include in the landscape as well as where to place it.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden spread Chihuly’s twenty works throughout the garden in such a way you could enjoy the garden as well as his artwork.
The Chihuly exhibit has now gone to Denver after its three months at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
I was happy to see this artwork contribute to a special Garden which by itself is a work of a art.