Thursday, July 2, 2015

A few special sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens

When departing the parking structure into an open atrium at the Denver Botanic Gardens, you come upon the flourishing sculpture made of dichroic glass and steel by Osmar Akan titled ALBEDO.  I love the interaction of the sculpture's colors with the blue sky and clouds along with the shadows it casts on the garage's walls. 
"Albedo" is the measure of how strongly an object reflects light.  It is an important concept in climatology, astronomy and computer graphics - a relevant combination of disciplines for the Gardens and for Akan, whose art specializes in the physics of light."
Akan was born in 1970 and studied graphic design at the Bilkent University in Turkey.  He trained as a media artist working especially with optic fibers using materials that are durable and sustainable, always creating with the use of natural and synthetic lighting.
Many in the Denver area, including the Gardens and my own garden, were hit hard by a huge hail storm last week.  Denver received one inch of rain in half an hour!  So it was nice to see this bunch of hot pink flowers with their sage color leaves in full bloom at the Gardens.
What a stunning pathway flanked by grasses, the long pool of water with the deep blue pots planted with Agave along side the orange wall, leading you into the entrance of the new Science Pyramid.
The newest permanent addition to the Gardens is this spectacular glass and steel sculpture titled Colorado by Dale Chihuly.   Last year the Gardens hosted a phenomenal exhibition of Chihuly sculptures.  To read more on that exhibition, see my posts dated July 16, 2014 and December 4, 2014.
Denver is such a great place to live!

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