Light, Color and Chihuly

Did you read my account of the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory? I loved the light in this space and the pops of color.

Franklin Park is a beautiful place all by itself but the Chihuly adds something really special!

Work Is Easier When You Love Your Job

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It’s fun to watch people at work when they clearly love their job. This gentleman does blown glass demonstrations at the Franklin Park Conservatory and offers a wonderful  presentation. It seems that he makes something a little different for each demonstration and I was lucky enough to see him create a bowl.

I’ve witnessed blown glass demonstrations a few times but had never seen a bowl made so this was thrilling. He kept the audience interested and engaged, even eliciting some oohs and ahs as he played with color and shape while manipulating glass at temperatures upwards of one thousand degrees fahrenheit.

If you find yourself at this place, be sure to stop by the Hot Shop for a demonstration. And, if you’re so inclined, you can even purchase pieces made here at the gift shop inside!

The Outstanding Art Of Dale Chihuly

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My summer bucket list is about a mile long but the first thing on that list was to see the Dale Chihuly exhibition at Franklin Park Conservatory. Monday offered opportunity to make the trek up to the Columbus landmark for a stroll through the flowers and glass art.

We’ll talk about the Conservatory another day but I really wanted show you some pictures of Chihuly’s work. The Seattle based artist does outstanding things with glass, light and color. His style is unmistakable and easily recognizable.

I’m not an art critic but I do know what I like and Chihuly’s work makes me smile. His work is larger than life and something that you simply have to see in person to truly appreciate.

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With that said, I am not excited about the placement of most of his pieces at Franklin Park. In my humble opinion, his work is best appreciated when surrounded by elements of nature. It’s hard to view (or photograph) most pieces here without getting backgrounds of building, concrete and steel. But it’s still outstanding and I was impressed with how they incorporated pieces into the butterfly room, pictured above. This room is lush and green and Chihuly’s colorful orbs in the water feel like floating flowers while other pieces appear to be growing from the earth.

Another outstanding element here is the Persian ceiling. If it weren’t such a high traffic area, I would have been tempted to lie down on the floor and stare up at it!

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Have a look and see what you think. I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Want to know more about Chihuly? See his website, visit the Franklin Park Conservatory or find his work in public spaces across the country.

 

 

A Funny Thing Happened On Day 29

Whole 30 Day 29 didn’t go as planned. I took a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory for a morning of art and flowers. The plan was to buy a salad and eat the fruit and nuts that I had packed.

That was the plan until I discovered the food truck served the Beyond Burger. If you’re vegetarian you know how exciting it is to find a quality vegetarian options on a menu. The Beyond Burger is amazing.

As I stood there studying the menu, a part of me demanded that I order the salad and be happy about it. Just a day and a half to go and I could say I’ve successfully completed four rounds. But there was another voice. It was the voice of a person who has done a few successful rounds and who feels she has nothing to prove.

The goal of the Whole 30 for me is to reset my bad eating habits and to acquire a taste for whole foods that are good for me.

Would a day make a difference?

If you’re a beginner, yes.

If you’re trying to identify foods that cause your ailments, yes.

If it’s important to you personally that you accomplish the thirty days – you bet.

But for me? No.

I have done a pretty good job ridding myself of bad habits and there was nothing wrong with eating the Beyond Burger topped with onions, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms and the best tomato jam I’ve ever tasted.

It was a delicious experience eating my burger and feeling the breeze in my hair and I do not regret this decision.

If I were trying to complete a round, tomorrow would be a restart. Day one again. With Whole 30, you restart every time you stray from the rules. Every single time.

But for me, it’s not about the round. It’s about good health. So tomorrow I will simply continue making the best possible decisions, eating clean and feeling good about it.

A year ago, I would have felt like a quitter.

Today, I feel accomplished for knowing that goals and priorities change and that I’m capable of adapting rather than blindly following a rule.

Isn’t this what the quest for personal growth is all about?