"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chihuly at Cheekwood

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
After dinner in Nashville at Bosco's tonight, we took a ride over to the beautiful Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to check out the Chihuly Glass Exhibition with our friends, Mel and Sharon. We saw a similar exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens a few years back, but that was during the day. Seeing the beautiful hand-blown glass work interwoven among the living gardens took on an even more magical appeal as they were lit up for night viewing. We arrived just after sundown and began our tour as twilight was still glowing in the western skies. The 30-foot Saffron Tower (photo above) is the first thing you see on your tour, and it's quite an amazing spectacle. It's the largest Chihuly sculpture to ever be in Nashville. Dale Chihuly has always been one of our favorite artists ever since we started seeing his amazing work appearing during our travels to Chicago, Las Vegas and out to Seattle where we visited The Glass Museum in his hometown of nearby Tacoma.
The rest of the Chihuly Nights at Cheekwood tour found the stunning glass artwork mingled among the gardens (photo above), floating on ponds and, hanging from ceilings in the facility buildings. We sat for awhile and watched a great video of Chihuly and his team creating huge pieces of work live in an arena-like studio with a large crowd looking on.
This was definitely a great way to spend a summer evening in Nashville, albeit a bit balmy before and after a brief rain shower. Congratulations to Cheekwood for celebrating 50 years in Nashville. We hope to come out and enjoy the gardens more in the future.

1 comment:

Craig and Alison Harris said...

Very cool... sure would be nice to have something like that in my garden.