Everyday Adventure // Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Sorry in advance for the less-than-stellar quality of these photos. They were taken with my phone in the (mostly) dark. But I thought this was too cool not to share.

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Last year, Denver’s Botanic Gardens were invaded by the whimsical glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly. Exploring botanic gardens is one of my favorite things to begin with, but I love when two of my passions (art + the outdoors) can co-habitate so well together. I still have vivid memories of a summer at the Chicago Botanic Gardens when a sculpture artist installed these giant insect sculptures in different areas of the park. Chihuly’s exhibition far exceeded that one (for a few reasons, including the fact that except for maybe a ladybug, giant insects can be a little intimidating). It seemed like his sculptures sprung up organically amidst the ponds + plants, almost as if they were alive as well.

Nature is one of my biggest sources of artistic inspiration; the patterns + lines + colors are practically endless in their diversity. Seeing an artist actually bring that inspiration to fruition in such a dreamlike way was tremendously motivating for me, and it only became dreamier as the last beams of daylight disappeared behind the horizon. Never mind that I could hardly see the trails or that I was in heels from a dinner event I attended in the garden’s  (and heels on gravel are a nightmare). The risk was definitely worth the reward.

Have you discovered any new artists recently? Or visited your city’s botanic gardens? I’d love to hear about them – and then I may need to come visit!

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