For the theme “Dried”, I submit an image of one of the Christmas Trees at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, FL. It is covered with dried star fish, sand “snowmen”, and even dried fish. It was definitely different. I liked the blue and sand colored “ornaments”.
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.
I selected this image for the theme Hard / Soft. The bar was this wonderful blue that you felt like you could fall into and the reflection of the bar glasses creating the circle (hmm another theme) gives the impression of the hard surface of the glasses and the luminescence feature of the bar the soft look to the glasses. This is from the Hilton Luna Restaurant in St Petersburg, FL.