Denis and I spent the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden last Thursday, and we saw so much that I just have to share. Monday I posted about the Dia de los Muertos Offrendas exhibit at the Webster Center, and today I'm going to share a few photos Denis and I took of some of the large ceramic sculptures that are placed throughout the garden until next May.
Jun Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist who specializes in large-scale, hand-built, ceramic sculptures. I tend to be the sort of person who likes my art to be realistic-- when I look at something, I want to be able to see immediately that it's a house or a dog or a crowbar. Kaneko's art is not representational, but as I wandered through the Desert Botanical Garden, his sculptures' shapes and bright colors made me smile. I was pleased to see how well they fit in their desert surroundings, too. As I was going through the photographs we took, I also learned a couple of new words. "Dango" is a type of Japanese dumpling, and "tanukis" are Japanese raccoon dogs.
I hope you enjoy your wander through the garden-- and that the sculptures make you smile, too. Click on any photo to have a new window automatically open so you can see it full size. There are also links in two or three of the captions that will lead you to Kaneko's website if you're interested in seeing more of his art. There are forty Kaneko sculptures in the Desert Botanical Garden. I'd like to go back to see the rest of them!
|Untitled Head in the entrance garden (db)|
|Untitled Heads on the way to the Butterfly Pavilion|
|Tanukis at the Desert Portal|
|Untitled Dango outside the Webster Center|
|Untitled Dangos (db)|
If you ever visit the Phoenix area, I hope you take the time to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. Art, plants, restaurants, wildlife...it's a wonderful place to spend many hours!