- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~NATIONAL GALLERY SCULPTURE GARDEN, WASHINGTON, D.C.
- GARDEN GIGGLE
80F at noon and no wind, well, of course the National Orange Show ended yesterday. So we anticipate the heat to start in earnest.
Hubby and I did the bananafanafofana on the back garden roses. Labor-intensive, but we did it together and talked the whole time bout this n that and before you know it, it was all done. My kind of gardening.
Elise looks okay so far this morning. A little bit shocky but not too droopy. With us thinning the branches a bit, there is more room for sunshine, so I hope she will be happier.
VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~NATIONAL GALLERY SCULPTURE GARDEN, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Continuing with our virtual road trips, today's location is Washington, D.C. and our nation's capitol.
Located in the 6.1-acre block adjacent to the West Building, the elegant yet informal Garden includes new plantings of native American species of canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. A fountain, which serves as an ice rink in winter, is at the center of the Garden, and walking and seating areas offer visitors a chance to rest and reflect on the works on view. The Pavilion Café offers year-round café service, along with indoor seating. The Sculpture Garden is enclosed by a decorative metal fence with marble piers and plinths, designed to reflect the historic character of the West Building. There are six public entryways to the Sculpture Garden, and it is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Many of the larger sculptures were brought to the garden in pieces and then assembled on site. Here are a few:
|Personnage Gothique, Joan Miro|
Gothique relates to both types, since the bird was cast from an object the artist created, while the head was cast from a cardboard box and the body from a donkey yoke.
|Claes Oldenburg's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (model 1998, fabricated 1999)|
|Louise Bourgeois American, born 1911, France Spider, 1996, cast 1997 bronze with silver nitrate patina|
|Magdalena Abakanowicz Puellae (Girls), 1992|
Trained as a textile artist, Abakanowicz first used burlap in her indoor sculpture to achieve modulated, deeply incised surfaces for powerfully expressive ends. Each of the thirty bronzes in Puellae is a unique cast, made from a burlap mold that the artist individually worked during the casting process. Each puella's diminutive size is unusual, since Abakanowicz has traditionally depicted adults as life-size or larger. The work refers to an account the artist heard as a child in Poland during World War II about a group of children who froze to death as they were transported in cattle cars from Poland to Germany, as part of the "Arianization" process. Depending on the site, these figures can be arranged in any configuration.
|Barry Flanagan Thinker on a Rock, 1997|
|Alexander Calder Cheval Rouge (Red Horse), 1974 |
Calder's outdoor stabiles such as Cheval Rouge exhibit a universally appealing grace and, though steadfastly abstract, evoke a friendly resonance with natural forms. Here the sleek, tapering legs and tensile up-thrust "neck" recall the muscularity and power of a thoroughbred. This stabile reflects Calder's assertion: "I want to make things that are fun to look at, that have no propaganda value whatsoever."
|George Rickey Cluster of Four Cubes, 1992|
The massive element of Cluster of Four Cubes is appended by ball bearings to slender arms that branch from a central post. Each cube is precisely weighted and balanced, engineered to turn effortlessly in the lightest breeze; they glide, nearly brushing one another in an intricate and graceful dance that belies their apparent bulk.
|Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)|