Our Australian friend, Brett, who lives in New York took us to the Storm King Art Centre * two weeks ago. This is a large sculpture park about an hours drive north of the city. I was keen to go there to see an environmental art work by the British sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy. In my experience his work often appeals to Sogetsu ikebanists in particular. This project, made in 1997 - 1998, is called 'Running Wall' (Click on the blue text to see a really interesting article about it in American Scientist). There is a comment in the article stating that Goldsworthy's work is 'most alive' immediately it is finished, that is, just before it starts to decay. To me this is at the essence of ikebana, the transitory nature of our creations. Below are some photos I took of 'Running Wall'.
The next photo shows a large rugged sculpture that looked like a massive pile of slate.
It turned out to be small blocks of cypress covered in graphite. The texture was wonderful.
This sculpture, of metal tubes, had a great sense of movement. Only three of the tubes are anchored in the ground, the rest are supported by wires under tension.
It makes me wonder about trying the same technique with bamboo.
Here are three photos I took of wild flowers in the park. I don't know what any of them are.
Actually the one above could be the dried head of 'Queen Anne's Lace' * (daucus carota).
I have seen a lot of the yellow flower in the photo above growing wild, and think it looks lovely, fresh and bright. So, I was delighted to find some in a vase of our Chicago apartment. I used it and some tan coloured chrysanthemum to create the ikebana below.
Greetings from Christopher
4th October 2014
4th October 2014
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