Thursday, April 9, 2009
Splendor in the grass
We are very fortunate here in St. Louis to have one of the finest botanical organizations in the country. Maybe even the world. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Landmark, the oldest botanical garden in the US, and a world leader in horticulture research. There are 79 acres of magnificent gardens and rare botanical collections.
Can you tell I’m proud?
We were even more fortunate a few years back to have a world class exhibition of work by the master artist of glass blowing, Dale Chihuly. He was commissioned by the garden to design and install work created specifically for this location.
And it was spectacular.
I’m thinking of it this Easter week because visiting the installation was similar to the thrill of an egg hunt. As you walked the grounds, you just never knew what you were going to find or when another amazing piece of glass sculpture was going to appear.
Designed to work into the environment, glass art was nestled among moss, floating in ponds, hidden in rocky crevices, bursting from grasslands, hiding in a water falls, Just when you thought you’d seen the best, another dazzling piece would present itself.
Now I love an overflowing Easter basket as much as the next person, but this experience was even better than chocolate bunnies.
Here are a few images of the dramatic installations.
Happy Easter. Joyous Passover.