Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Art Meets Nature

Today, I walked the sprawling grounds of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) with my family. Within that space exists a veritable treasure of botanical design and unique art. I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of artwork amidst nature and listened to the NYBG story unfold as we rode the guided tram tour. Being fully present in the moment, I noticed the nuances of the various landscapes, wondered, and reflected on the phenomenon of Chihuly glass structures interspersed throughout the grounds. 

Besides the dazzling display of hand-crafted blown glass sculptures, I was delighted to see children's poetry showcased on giant poster boards.

The above poem was paired with the amazing red Chihuly art piece below. Jacquelin Woodson, author, judged the NYBG Poetry Contest that was open to all students in the Tri-State area. Throughout the garden these poems inspired by "the installations" created by renowned glass blower, sculptor, Dale Chihuly created, were seen next to the artwork.

expansive lawns

accented with swirls and spikes

glassed artistry

The artwork reaches out to immerse you in the viewing experience. 

If you are a lover of nature and art, you will enjoy a tranquil nature walk through the New York Botanical Garden. You will be amazed at the delicacy and power of Chihuly artwork, as well as the history of the soon-to-be 100 year old botanical garden. 

You may also be interested in viewing Springsations for a gallery walk through springtime. There you will find a stunning array of landscapes and poetry from around the globe. 

Today is the close of Slice of Life Tuesday. Please visit Two Writing Teachers to see other slices. 

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