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The Botanical Glass Models of the Blaschkas

Posted on: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY is currently featuring the handcrafted work of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) in a phenomenal exhibit entitled Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers. The Blaschkas were dazzling magicians in the way that they turned molten glass into organic specimens of otherworldly scientific accuracy.

The Curatorial Associate and Administrator of The Ware Collection of Glass Flowers at Harvard, Susan Rossi-Wilcox, will discuss the story behind Rudolf Blaschka's field collection expeditions and examine his beautiful reference drawings featured in the new book, Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models (co-written with David Whitehouse, director of the Corning Museum of Glass). The discussion and book signing is at 2:00 PM this Sunday, June 3, at The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA.

(I took the above images in 2005 while visiting The Ware Collection at Harvard's Museum of Natural History.)

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Posted on: Thursday, May 24, 2007

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.

Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

For more information on Dr. Nadalian's river art projects visit his website.

Connectivity and Crafting Residency

Posted on: Monday, May 14, 2007 is a wonderful online journal and dedicated network of artists, architects, designers, and ecologists working in and for the landscape. They are currently featuring my article, Returning to and from THE LAND: Connectivity and Crafting Residency, a follow up to my September 2006 artist residency in rural New Mexico.

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