Fun in a Fountain: The Muses by Craig Mitchell Smith

Metal and glass sculpture The Muses in the fountain at Missouri Botanical Garden
The Muses brightening up a fountain

For a few months, The Muses gleamed in the water feature at Missouri Botanical Garden as part of Craig Mitchell Smith’s Garden and Glass exhibition. The water feature is a circle of  jets of water that shoot up from the ground, reach the extent of their energy, and bubble back down.

The wire muses with their shimmering glass costumes certainly seemed to inspire a little girl who was fascinated by them. I was in two minds whether to add in more pictures from the exhibition but will save those for another day.

The leaves of tropical plants in sunlight

Instead I’ll leave you with a picture of tropical plants taken the same day in the glasshouse – nature being the greatest muse of all.

Shared for Becky’s BrightSquares

18 Replies to “Fun in a Fountain: The Muses by Craig Mitchell Smith”

  1. ooh I think I would be like that little girl staring at this, but you are right nature is the greatest muse of them all

  2. The Seven Muses fountain is a beautiful touch, Susan, and those tropical plants would look right at home in my garden.

    1. I was just correcting the title as you commented Joanne. There are nine and the title is just The Muses. The tropical plants would be shivering here though the sky is blue.

  3. That’s GLASS??? How amazing! And to think of Nature as Muse is a new thought for me — thank you! That particular muse certainly came through in that second photo; it’s a beauty!

  4. Nature is the best muse. I’ll be interested to see more though, because I’m not at all sure about these other muses from what you show us today.

  5. Not having heard of Craig Mitchell Smith, I looked him up: “Originally a painter, theatrical set designer, home restorer, and flower arranger, Smith followed a random road into fused glassmaking that has now taken him around the world. Entirely self-taught in glass, the artist believes that his eclectic background and skills with stagecraft influence his methods and how he thinks about his current medium. Smith’s aesthetic is decidedly theatrical, his style quite painterly.”

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