From the Naples Botanical Garden, another structure by flamework glass artist Hans Godo Fräbel. His artistry will be on exhibit in the gardens until March 31, 2019. I would have loved to take in the gardens with their Christmas lights which I might still be able to do as they run until January 3rd. They have stated that they don’t just do decorations but use the lights to help you focus on the plant structures and textures. This could be very interesting to photograph. fingers crossed that I can do it this year.
For this wild card, I choose the statue constructed solely from 1950’s and 1960’s chrome car bumpers. It was created by Sean Guerrero to celebrate the Denver Broncos’ 1987 Superbowl appearance. The NY Giants beat the Broncos that year. The statue weighs more than 1 ton and measures nearly 20 feet in length. It is not something you see every day (unless you live in St Augustine and drive by Ripley’s Museum as the statue is in the parking lot.)
From “The Old Jail” in St. Augustine, Florida, here is an image taken in one of the jail cells with statues to indicate how little room was available to the inmates.
The jail was built in 1891 and held prisoners until 1953. The builders were the same ones that later constructed Alcatraz Prison in California. Up to 72 inmates could be housed in the building along with the living quarters for the sheriff and his family. Up to 4 inmates in a cell, no indoor plumbing until 1914 and open air barred windows. So while they may be crowded in these cells, and in Florida’s humidity, with only 1 bath a week (and everyone used the same bath water) I am sure this smelled just lovely, the feelings of loneliness probably ran high.
For this theme, I choose the rocks as the creative leading lines to the Asian structure in the pond. The curve of the flow of rocks is not the typical straight leading line but due to the bright nature of the stone tops your eyes follow them in to the structure. This was taken in the Asian Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida.
The above image for the theme Balance was taken at Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida. These were characters in the Reflections on Glass: Frabel in the Garden exhibit that is going on now. I selected 5 of the glass characters to provide the balance to the image and they are balancing on the glass balls in the pond.
Reflections on Glass: Fräbel in the Garden brings a collection of whimsical glass sculptures and installations by flamework glass artist Hans Godo Fräbel to Naples for the first time. This whimsical exhibition features botanical pieces, playful figures, and ornate geometric shapes.
Long regarded as one of the most influential flameworkers in America, Fräbel has been an important part of the evolution of flameworking into a recognized and respected art medium. His works can be found in public and private collections in over 80 countries worldwide.
Here are some reflections from the canal tour in Punta Gorda, Florida. The first is Christmas lights in the canal water and the other two are of the boats and their reflections all decorated for Christmas. These popular, family-oriented cruises tour the residential canals to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the canals during the evenings in December to enjoy this warm display of community Christmas spirit.
As I am sure everyone has been reading, we have a monster storm heading in the direction of Florida. I do not live on the coast, but a reasonable distance inland and I am not in a flood or evacuation zone. That being said, it was time to button up and prepare for a very, very dangerous storm – IRMA, that we have no idea which way it will go – up the east coast, up the west coast, or up the middle of the state.
So I submit some nasty looking sky on Friday afternoon – a couple of days prior to IRMA making contact with this state, and showing how we safely prepare our homes in front of the arrival. The house is definitely a cave now. (BTW those nasty clouds have nothing to do with IRMA yet – these are just some weather that we are getting before hand – but they look and sound nasty.) I am not sure if I will be able to get any images during IRMA, though I do have a waterproof camera – I am not sure I am IRMA proof.