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It's snow lovely


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Wednesday's sudden snow may have been inconvenient for an evening commute, but it sure was lovely. Members who turned out for their night got a real treat, as long as they enjoyed the snow.  I popped out and grabbed a few shots before the flakes melted into my clothes. 

Wednesday night was also the first time that Urban Nature has been on display for an audience.  Congratulations to everyone who put that together!  The artwork appears in these pictures, but they are too small to be seen clearly.

The falling snow evoked a sense of season in me, and of beauty through timing and place.  It was a reminder that I am right here, in Denver, CO, and not Anycity, North America.  It should feel good to have a place to explore and understand, to live in and to grow in.

Next week's Bonfils-Stanton lecturer will delve directly into a sense of place and how it is formed.  Topher Delaney is an artist and the founder of SEAM studio in San Francisco.  Her website states "The place where we dwell...  is not an abstraction.  The sense of time is registered through light and shadow, the changing of the seasons, and the sense of place is our connection to the land...  Time and place are intertwined, experienced simultaneously." I have to admit I think of gardens as places, almost forgetting time.  Even when I'm thinking about the four seasons, its easy to think that one spring day will blend into the next. 


Lisa Eldred

Urban Nature: Juxtaposition and Meaning The newly installed murals within the Gardens create pause for visitors and invite reflection on what constitutes "urban" and what constitutes "nature" in our lives. Is there really a distinct line that divides one concept from the other? Or, as with most ideas, are these two ideas part of a vast continuum? I subscribe to the latter, and challenge people to seek out elements of nature within what we might call the "built environment" or an urban setting. (Or suburban, for that matter). Plants permeate spaces where concrete dominates; people intentionally create organic elements and vibrantly-colored visuals where none otherwise exist. Conversely, how must we work to preserve those spaces that do boast an independence from human impact? Exhibits such as this challenge viewers to create meaning - and constructed meaning is often personal. I hope guests do take the time to read interpretive signage, as in many cases descriptions illuminate artist intent and motivation. Great analogies are presented within the visual voices of Urban Nature . . . from comparing cities to beehive communities; to referencing Gaia, the Greek Earth goddess; to sending out a warning for environmental awareness . . . Urban Nature brings new perspective to all those who experience it.

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