I have been a fan of Chihuly for years. Made it to several exhibits - from indoors at the Indianapolis Children's Museum to outdoors at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and several visits to the installation at the Missouri Botanic Garden. The "someday I need to try and work in a visit", turned to "I *must* work in a visit". Was glad to discover they were open late on Tuesday evenings, and could take advantage of the long sunlight hours in June for my first visit. Took hundreds of pictures, added that trip to my mental list of future blog topics...but never quite got around to putting up a post.
The Meijer Garden is designed around the sculpture. A few pieces stood out, really spoke to me. Some due to their interesting concept, others because I was familiar with the artists' other work (Rodin, Calder), and a couple for sheer whimsy.
But it was the Chihuly sculptures I had come to see. His traditional glass, the neon he's been doing the last few years, and the newer polyvitro forms:
Seeing not only the Chihuly but the entire gardens in two seasons was a treat. Often an entirely different look to the art because of the surrounding, the change in light. And in nearly every case, found the fall colors, fall foliage enhanced the art.
Visiting a botanic garden across the seasons is a lesson I learned while living in St. Louis. A very wise horticulturist suggested visiting Mobot (Missouri Botanic Garden....or as I wrote it up "The Garden") monthly to help the home garden develop a full season, year round landscape. I made a point of doing this then. And suggest if you live near a public garden to do the same....break out of the habit of only visiting in the mid-summer flower power glory. See what you can see in the other seasons. It may surprise you!