Friday, May 15, 2009

Some Friday Photos

Here are some photos my daughter and I took at Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden. They are currently hosting a glass sculpture exhibit, by artist Dale Chihuly. Apparently he makes glass sculptures and exhibits them in botanical gardens all across the U.S. (and probably other places, too), so maybe you can see some near you sometime. Or you can just check out the photos below.

We went to see the sculptures twice, once during the day, and once at night. They are quite interesting and beautiful. I was surprised that my kids were actually interested in seeing them a second time, but they both agreed the glass was "way cool" and they wanted to see it at night. I thought it was worth a second look, too. Since most of you live too far away to visit these yourselves, and anyway the exhibit ends May 31, I thought I'd give you a quick tour of the "highlights."

First up, a giant blue "orb" hiding behind the prickly pear cactus - very cool:





Here is a photo of a boat full of glass balls....




... and one of some tall-ish blue glass sculptures that almost seem to wave in the wind like an odd bulbous prairie grass (get it, "blue glass / blue grass"?) ...




Next, a photo of some strange white bulbous sculptures among the organ pipe and prickly pear cacti:




Here we have the giant neon yellow ... what - saguaro cactus? phallic symbol? ... you decide. This one is visible as you drive up the road to the garden's entrance, and acts as a beacon, luring the multitudes in to see the exhibit:




And here is an "arty" photo my daughter took of her brother in front of the giant neon yellow phallic sym- ... er, saguaro cactus:




Here are some interesting tall blue skinny ones with tops remiscent of the "crested saguaro" cactus:



Here is a giant round-ish sculpture, reminiscent of a sea anemone, or perhaps medusa, with all the snake-like tentacles sticking out all around:



And here is a close-up of the same sculpture:


Beautiful, odd, awesome, different, pretty, cool, neat, elegant, strange ... these are all words I heard used to describe the glass sculptures during our visits. How would you describe them?

8 comments:

BPOTW said...

I would recognize Chihuly anywhere! I love his work. I lived in Alamogordo, New Mexico for several years. I had a chance once to visit the Spencer Performing Arts Center (up in Ruidoso I believe) and the proprietor had at least two of his glass sculptures. I fell in love.

Fancy Schmancy said...

Wow, that was really cool. Glad your kids enjoyed it, also!

bettyl said...

Those are some awesome sculptures! thanks so much for sharing them with us!

SkylersDad said...

Beautiful stuff, thanks for sharing.

John said...

BYOO-T-FUL. : )

Gwen said...

STL hosted Chihuly for a long time - was even granted a couple month extension when our Bot Garden bought a multi-million dollar chandelier for its lobby - and I loved the exhibit.

Prunella Jones said...

What a beautiful sight, especially in the desert setting.

Bella said...

cool pics!