I wasn’t expecting to see art in a garden but the sculptures in the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens were intriguing and added much to the enjoyment of our visit. Here my husband Dave poses in front of cactus pieces made of glass by world-famous artist Dale Chihuly.
Two major exhibits were on display during our day in the garden last week. The first was by Carolina Escobar and was called Whispers of A New World. The sculptures were tucked into the plants and trees so they became part of the landscape. Three pieces we saw were……………
This piece was untitled but it looks like a peacock to me.
We also saw the exhibit Four Seasons by Philip Haas. Haas was inspired by the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist in the 1500’s who created masterpieces out of fruit, vegetables. fish and flowers. The Haas pieces we saw were…….
There were also other things that were like works of art in the garden.
Even the signs at the gardens were little works of art that were very helpful in explaining some of the things we were seeing. This one explains the phenomena in the photo below.
Why is a saguaro cactus growing right under a palo verde tree? A bird probably dropped a seed from the cactus under the tree when it was feeding cactus fruit to its babies in a nest in the tree. The tree acted as a kind of ‘nurse’ for the saguaro when it was young protecting it from extreme heat and cold and preventing it from being eaten or trampled by animals. Eventually the saguaro will kill the tree because its shallow roots will extract all the rainwater before it can reach the roots of the palo verde tree. The guardian plant will give up its life for a younger plant. It is a touching story really.
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