All posts tagged “Nature

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As we speak

Got to love when a conversation had at a summer BBQ resurfaces in a morning art bulletin: After listening to a friend talk about her recent Dancers’ Workshop teaching residency and its pan-creative curriculum based on Alexander Calder’s approach to static and dynamic motion, I… Read More

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Water feature

              A river runs through it: Instead of the tile floor normally underfoot at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, slick rocks and a babbling stream carpet the south wing of the acclaimed art institution. The… Read More

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Sedimentary dilemma

Caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed. Norway offers a sandstone manifestation of this dilemma: Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged in a mountain crevasse, hovers above an abyss some 3,300 feet deep (hello rock, hello hard place). A popular tourist destination due to its… Read More

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Tall order

                A monumental mirage began with a memory. The former Emir of Qatar shared a childhood snapshot with sculptor Richard Serra – of antelope gathering on a gypsum plateau in the western Qatari desert. During the year Serra… Read More

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Ivy tower

  Simultaneously transparent and reflective (I can aspire to that). Or, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description: “part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade” (I’m lingering in NYC). As the Met’s new Roof Garden Commission,Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout by American artist Dan Graham… Read More

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Fringe benefits

  Waller Creek, the largest urban stream in the country, snakes from the northern part of Austin southward, through the University of Texas campus, along downtown, before emptying into Lady Bird Lake. With a new conservancy set up in its honor, Waller Creek is getting… Read More

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Cumulus crop

              Azure clouds hover above the southeast entrance of Central Park. No, this is not a meteorological phenomenon, but rather a public art installation, a playful inversion of blue sky, white clouds. The plump aluminum panels, perched atop 35-foot-tall… Read More

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Serene stripes

                Trees remain on my mind, although technically, this forest outside Kyoto, Japan is not striped by trees, but rather grasses, bamboo. Pathways cut through the swaying stalks, inviting people to stroll or cycle, and discover the small… Read More

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Cubist roost

              Earth Day calls for an eco-minded pairing. No place better fits the bill than Treehotel, an enchanted forest of five treehouses suspended in the conifers of northern Sweden. Inspired by the documentary “The Tree Lover,” Treehotel assuages the… Read More

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Bungalow bound

              Before I bid farewell to wine for one week, I wanted to indulge by exploring Ensenada, the wine country of Baja Mexico, conveniently located 90 minutes away from the San Diego airport. Overlooking the vine-rich Valle de Guadalupe,… Read More