Park art

I like seeing human art, especially if it’s nature-based, displayed in human-built environments. I have a few statues and artworks in and around my house, and I was inspired further by the art in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was a very popular spot when I visited, but it was a Sunday over the main US holiday season (summer break), so the hordes of visitors were understandable, I guess.

There were a lot more sculptures than I have presented here, but it would take too many photos to do justice to them – just visit if you have the chance.The orchid house is particularly impressive in summer when the orchid flowers are magnificent.

I should probably start with what I found the most impressive. There were two sculptures by American glass sculptor Chuhuly. I am amazed that the outdoor one, on a fountain, survives the heat and snow of Atlanta.

Chuhuly glass fountain

This one, of pitcher plants, hangs in the foyer. It must be incredibly heavy.

Chihuly pitcher plants

There are no partridges in this pear tree …

No fertilising or trimming required

A different variety of pear tree – no fruit flies in this fruit …

Genetic manipulation, anyone?

A bird-proof butterfly … hate to think what its caterpillars are like!

Iron butterfly

This fountain base is a bit Lord of the Rings …

Fountain in a fantasy forest

Lastly, here’s a statue we wouldn’t get in a public park in Australia (there are feral populations of deer around the place, though).

Deer sculpture

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2 Responses to Park art

  1. Alan Sandercock says:

    I opened your blog at the latest entry, and of course the picture looked very familiar showing that Chihuly sculpture which is so prominent at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I suspect that just snow and heat will not be such a problem so much as the change from water to ice at certain times during winter. That expanding ice must be a special challenge, although a smooth glassy surface no doubt keeps the ice at bay.

    One impressive thing about the orchid house was the fact that it gave a chance (as I recall) to stay out of the sun for a while and to cool down a little bit. I guess there were a variety of indoor environments as well and at this point I’m trying to remember if one of them contained families of birds. The whole indoor section of the Gardens is actually quite extensive.

    • Joy Window says:

      Yes, one of the indoor areas with very high ceilings, tall trees and a lot of understorey had a flock of African (I think) birds – nice to see close up, as you could just wait until any people had moved along the path and the birds would come out if you stayed quiet.

      It was pretty humid in the orchid house, but cooler than outside in high summer, as you say. Those hanging masses of gorgeous orchids!

      The gardens were most impressive as a whole – lots of indoor areas illustrating various climates as well as the outdoor displays. The children’s area was entertaining – I especially liked the hole-in-the-rock that you stick your head into and hum, creating weird echoes and vibrations in your body.

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