An artist's inspiration

Monday, December 1, 2014


As I wandered through the Garden today, I was admiring the glass work of Dale Chihuly, now in the nearly final stages of opening. But also I was struck by some plants and flowers that are equally as colorful and certainly could inspire art in many forms. 

Fire-engine red, this croton is called Mamey

The candy cane plant, Wagatea spicata, is in flower on the vine pergola, and in many ways reflects the glass forms in the rainforest and elsewhere. A new planting of brilliantly colored Mamey crotons around the new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center has its colors reflected in many of the yellow-red sculptures. And the sun reflecting off the thryallis, pictured below, makes a perfectly wonderful inspiration for some yellow glassworks.

Try it yourself when you come to see the new Chiuly art. Nature's forms and colors are amazing.