Chihuly in the Garden

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Tentative plans to view the return of the Chihuly glass art exhibit were made firm by a couple of free tickets.  Even better, they were for one of the evenings that the Atlanta Botanical Gardens opened at night, where the exhibits could be seen by sunset or staged lighting.  Note: click on a picture to expand it.

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I’d seen these before, but during the day, as well as those on display at Bellagio in Las Vegas.  They’re big, colorful, flashy and… not particularly interesting to me in terms of the glass itself.  For a photography project, though, they’re quite good, plus, of course, the walk in the park with my wife.

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And, so it was that on a fairly humid evening in Atlanta, we joined hundred or thousands of other Atlantans to view this rotating display.  From a non-artistic viewpoint, the glass is notable for the physical sizes of the pieces and their volume.  It’s like curio art glass.  Placed together, the scale of the presentation provides much greater appeal than a single piece on your shelf.. or sticking out of one of your bushes.

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While the glass is spaced throughout the Gardens to free viewers from congestion, there’s an attempt to balance between optimal placement along the walkways and putting the pieces in places where they are to their best advantage.  The below picture was actually a rather plain piece of glass, which in my view I made more interesting in postprocessing.  The struggle at the time was to find an angle that had some interest and didn’t have faces, knees, purses, etc. on the other side.   When placed against bushes, this isn’t so difficult.  At others, it was quite the challenge.

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And, in some places, I skipped the glass altogether.  The plant palm below is part of an “Earth Goddess” construct which includes 18,000 plants.

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Or, I could take a picture of what I’m supposed to looking at.

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Not too long later, we detoured to the Children’s area, which was a dead end.  No art glass.  I wonder why?  But, hey, there’s a picture.

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Back on to the intended track, some displays are so massive that they’re really not that interesting to capture in their entirety.

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Another example was this, a focal point by immensity and placement at an intersection entering a section of the Garden. 

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Nice enough.  It’s more fun to focus on a piece of it and torture it on my computer.  More fun for me, anyway.

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The textures and contrasts were more interesting than the color sometimes.

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Sometimes the glass was creepy.

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And others, more fanciful.

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That’s all, folks!

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