Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Artwork

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]

Atlanta Botanical Garden art

Dale Chihuly’s artwork called ‘Fern Dell Paintbrushes’ at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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.

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  1. Caroline Fesquet says:

    Hi Tom,
    Enjoyed reading about the Dale Chihuly exhibit in Atlanta.His art is beautiful inside but becomes so much more in a garden setting.Love the bridge in Tacoma,saw that a while ago when visiting Seattle.Whilst there visited a fabulous Japanese Garden and of course Burchert Gardens in Victoria.

    • Hello Carol, thank you for the comment. I am happy you know Chihuly’s work. You know how outstanding a presence it would make at a place like the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Could not believe the size and beauty of the pieces that looked stunning in the context of the garden.
      Happy Thanksgiving.

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