Celebrating Man-Made and Natural Curves

Orange Chihuly Art Glass

In this week’s photo challenge, Cheri asks for curves suggesting we might find them in architecture, bends in nature or man-made undulations.

I immediately thought of a recent visit to Chihuly’s Garden And Glass Museum in Seattle, where a cornucopia of curves can be found, not just in the sinuous art glass, but in the garden design and plant choices too.

Glass orb with fern

I’m still sorting through the pictures so this is just a preview: regular readers can expect a post about way the planting anchors and echoes the art in this inspirational garden soon.

Seattle Space Needle

In this shot, taken just outside the garden, the Space Needle’s towering curves are accentuated by the wide angle of the camera lens. Early evening light helps create a chiaroscuro effect.

Blue bottle tree

Finally, you might call this ‘poor man’s Chihuly’ – it’s a blue bottle tree, wreathed in scarlet Salvia coccinea. The bright sunlight was a big ask for any camera, but I took a shot anyway, more in hope than expectation. The camera spectacularly failed to recreate what the eye saw, but came up with its own take: day-glo highlights against black, abstract shapes – and lots of curves if you have leisure to look for them.

23 thoughts on “Celebrating Man-Made and Natural Curves

  1. catmab says:

    I love Chihuly. There are a couple of bits about him and his work on my blog!! I’d love to see this space. Great pictures!!

  2. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful photos. I saw Chihuly glass installations a couple years ago at the Denver Botanical Gardens and they were surprising, enchanting, and awesome. Loved it. This looks pretty awesome as well.

    • susurrus says:

      It was – we tried to time our visit when the garden would be in flower so we could see the colours and forms working together. I’d love to see more gardens featuring art or sculpture – they work together so well.

    • susurrus says:

      I was reminded of that picture by the first sentence of the brief:

      When I peer through a camera lens, or put my phone’s screen up to my face, I never really know what a photograph will look like.

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