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A thrill for the art lover – art in a botanical garden where it's warm

When I was in Florida for Christmas, I was lucky to be able to visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.

While I love botanical gardens, my oldest daughter being a botanist, I was excited when we arrived to find art displays among the lush, tropical gardens.

Work by Roy Lichtenstein and Dale Chihuly is being exhibited through May 31.


Lichtenstein, a Pop artist icon, is famous for using simple outlines to define forms in his paintings along with primary colors, angled lines, and Benday dots. Benday dots are dots used in a printing process.


He used the same elements in his sculptures; black lines to define the shape of the sculpture with angled lined and Benday dots on the surface.

Lichtenstein sculptures range from eight to 30 feet high.


Dale Chihuly is recognized worldwide for his revolutionary blown-glass installations. Over the years Chihuly and his teams have created a wide variety of blown forms, revisiting and refining earlier shapes while at the same time creating exciting new elements.

I'd certainly recommend a visit to the gardens this spring for those looking for some sunshine to break up long, dreary winter days in the north.

As a person who loves art and museums, it was a new art thrill to visit this show. And the weather was wonderful; around 80 degrees.


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