Musings and Amusings

Chihuly’s Lily Pads

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This is my favorite of Chihuly’s art installments at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It is titled “Persian Tower 2012”.

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The flowing waterfall made the perfect acoustical background for the serenity of this opaque glass and steel structure, and I spent awhile on a nearby bench studying the intricate detail of the lily pads.

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As I strolled the gardens, I paid particular attention to nature’s lily pads which are equally serene and intricately detailed.

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This fuzzy, slimy alien-looking creature

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could be viewed in various growth stages, ultimately unfolding into

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All of which inspired

Lily Pad 3

Lily Pad 1

Lily Pad 2

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Comments on: "Chihuly’s Lily Pads" (33)

  1. Wow, those are amazing works of art. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  2. Lovely! A very creative day for you!

  3. Mother nature is truly the most magnificent artist, but Chihuly’s glass work comes pretty close. Thank you for sharing pictures of his installation and your artwork that it inspired!

    • Thanks! Mother Nature has been especially good to the gardens this year with generous rain. It makes a huge difference in the degree of “lush”.

  4. Great photos and I love your second tangle! Super artwork ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, you have been busy! I never get tired of looking at those glass sculptures, and the black and red background makes these especially stunning.
    The tangles are gorgeous–kaleidoscopes of your vivid imagination. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Kirsten!

      Each is so stunning; i’m trying hard to absorb the details of one or two each time. Even the morning dew or raindrops or sun’s angle changes them.

      I’m glad you are enjoying them. I love the art people introduce me to through their blogs.

  6. just beautiful Sammy as are your drawings! Thank you! – at least I’m assuming the pencil ones are yours?

    • Thank you, Susan. Yes they are my Tangles. I’m as new to learning the art if tangling as I am the art of blogging.
      So many fascinating things to learn now that I’m retired ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I never tire of seeing this artist, thanks for sharing more pictures and I love your art work x

  8. More gorgeous glass work from Chihuly! And mother nature dazzled as well. Love the up close pics and the vibrant colors!! Thanks for sharing more pictures of his display and the gardens. Certainly makes me wish I lived close enough to visit. (Great zentangles. Your inspirations translated wonderfully!)

  9. I would love to see that in person.

  10. Help!!! What’s tangling? It looks very pretty anyway. Are they hand-drawn, Sammy?
    Love Chihuly’s work ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fancy word for doodling ๐Ÿ™‚

      Google “zentangle”. – it’s all about doodling patterns others (or I make up). Just a lot of fun for someone like me who has always been left brain and wants to find my right brain!

  11. Wonderful, inspired photos and tangle designs! Lovely!

  12. I love the glass sculpture so pretty and the water plants wow you have quite a variety! Your zentangles are marvellous I must do one again it’s been months xx

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