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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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