(And I'm not given to schmaltz and suchlike statements!)
I've always loved glass art and I've been a fan of Chihuly for many years now. I never get tired of the forms and could watch those fascinating videos of the pieces being made all day. My friend Amy and I enjoyed a recent visit to Franklin Park (FP) Conservatory in Columbus to view Chihuly Reimagined. I'd visited FP two years ago with my other friend Amy for another Chihuly exhibit, but this one used different pieces entirely and I was as enthralled now as I was then. You never know what's around the corner.
FP is a pretty cool place all the time, even without Chihuly artwork. I love subtle colors and wonderful textures of these small succulents. Noogie!
The plants are mostly indoors under glass, but there are also outdoor gardens.
With colorful blooms...
And of course a wonderful view at the conservatory itself.
There are also courtyards, one of which had my favorite Chihuly installation, Blue Reeds and Marlins.
I personally find this wonderful form more penguin than marlin, but what do I know?
And I'd call the non-reed pieces here herons if left to my own devices, but...
...by whatever name, I adored the interplay of color and form with the glass and logs. I walked around the installation a few times and saw something new with each step.
Alas, these blue forms inside the conservatory were indeed called blue herons and I find them just as impressive as their namesakes.
FP also has a wonderful butterfly garden...
...and it was easy, even for the non-steady-handed, to photograph many beauties.
I love the unfurled fern combined with the flower and butterfly. It proves there's always natural art in a garden!
The wonderful texture and shape of this palm trunk are nature's artwork.
As is this colorful tropical combination.
I always find tropicals fascinating; bright and with non-symmetrical shapes.
Speaking of which, this sunset tower manged to both stand out of and blend into its surroundings.
I love all its component forms and would love being on the team that travels around the world to install the pieces. Seriously.
The wall of Persians was astounding. I love the shapes and color and form...
...and the way each piece is different but similar...
...and how you see something new in every angle. These overlaps reminded me of Venn diagrams from waaaaay back in high school math class.
I love the curly-cue tops of these vibrant red pieces.
And check out how beautifully this chandelier matches the shapes of the yuccas and palms... it's almost like Chihuly grew up with a mother who gardened! (He did, actually.)
This Ikebana piece seems to be reaching toward the sunlight, wishing to be as tall as the surrounding palms (I know how it feels).
I love how these purple reeds fit in perfectly with the foliage, even though their shape and color are contrasting.
I love how he color of this torchier matches the goldfish and how its shape is reflected in ripples in the pond.
I loved these multicolor macchia bowls (also shown in the first photo) and found it a real shame that I could
The most unexpected pieces were hidden in a dark section of the tropical room... you felt like you were walking through a dark cave and when you looked up, HELLO!, this wonderful back-lit display of garden glass. Stunning and breathtaking.
Having seen a similar installation at the Kalamazoo Art Institute some three years earlier, I should have been prepared, but I wasn't. I was just as awestruck as the first time. And there wasn't just one, there were two!
Believe it or not, there were a lot more Chihuly pieces than I'm showing here and (as it turns out while scouring the brochure for piece names) more pieces than we even saw, in parts of FP I didn't know existed!
I hope you enjoyed your little tour, and my AHS reciprocal membership (that gets me into member gardens for free) is really paying for itself this year! (If you have a membership at a garden, click the link to see the list of gardens where you can get in free.)