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In the Garden with Bruce Munro

Earth Goddess (night)

Earth Goddess by NIght

Well, we’re finally back from Atlanta and trying to catch up on all the work that has piled up in our absence.  We wish we had a good excuse for the lack of posts (thinking of you Sandy at You May Be Wandering!) but we don’t…  except for perhaps the whole work/play balance that we’re trying to achieve this summer.  Speaking of which, we decided to add some fun to our trip and take advantage of Atlanta’s excellent transportation system (Uber, not MARTA) to get ourselves to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the new Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden exhibit.

Forest of Light

Forest of Light

This British artist has created six works of art, each unique in its design and ability to enchant.  As we walked through the Hardin Visitor Center and around a corner, we were greeted by 30,000 flower-like stems of light covering the ground, gently pulsing and changing colors.  We meandered through the woods past water features and stately trees, and came upon the breathtaking Earth Goddess (above.)  Next on our tour was Swing Low, a cradle of giant illuminated spheres…

Swing Low

Swing Low

and then the Water-Towers where 216 recycled plastic bottles threaded with fiber optic cables pulsed with shifting colors to the beat of African music.  These 20 towers surrounded a lily pond from which came the chorus of singing bullfrogs (it was as if they wanted to be part of the whole experience!)

Water-Towers

Water-Towers

Though our feet were dying – we’d been on them since seven in the morning and it was now past eleven p.m. – we made sure to walk limp through the Fuqua Orchid Center, all aglow with Eden Blooms.  Nestled among the tropical plants, these futuristic flower forms took “artificial” to a whole new level.

Eden Blooms

Eden Blooms

We had a magical evening and wouldn’t have thought of venturing out of downtown Atlanta had it not been for our adventurous show neighbors from Sid Dickens and BlaBla.  Thank you for making our show more play than work!

Earth Goddess by Day

Earth Goddess by Day

P.S.  The Bruce Munro exhibit runs through October 3rd and we highly recommend a visit should your travels take you to the Peach State.

Photos: Earth Goddess night, Forest of Light, Swing Low, Water-Towers, Eden Blooms, and Earth Goddess day