Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Glowing Red and Orange


Last week, Jo and I visited the gardens at Cornerstone in Sonoma. These are not spectacular gardens because of their plants and flowers, but because of the art that is displayed here.

One of the pieces that I want to focus on today is the Red Lantern by Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot. The "Red Lantern is an assemblage of Chinese-inspired elements referencing the history of Chinese migrants who came to California during the mid-19th century Gold Rush, and stayed to build the Central Pacific Railroad. It is a magnificent piece of art. When you approach the Red Lantern, it looks rather plain.


However, when you get closer, you notice the many many red and orange crystal droplets that hang on the lower part - and are reflected in the water.


Then you see the cloud pattern in the structure that holds the droplets. The droplets shall be reminiscent of a Chinese wedding headdress.



It is downright spectacular and the colors are glowing against the sunlight and in the water.

Processed with "kk_nested" in blending mode Multiply at 75%

It was a challenge to photograph so that you can see the glow of the crystal droplets in the sunlight and on the water - most of my pictures look rather dull, but I am glad that there were a very few good ones.


I'm linking up to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday - always a great challenge!

13 comments:

Hindustanka said...

These are magnificent! Such a sweet art... looks cozy and simple in its idea.
Thanks for sharing Carola!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

Wow! I can see that it might be a challenge to photograph but, yours are beautiful! What an usual structure. Enjoyed seeing your photos.

Elephant's Child said...

How fascinating. And thank you.
We too had Chinese immigrants during our gold rush - and treated them badly. Some stayed, and many went home.

s.c said...

Great mix of different views of the same objects. Also nice compositions. I like that.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi You are quite right, these are fantastically spectacular. Never seen anything like it.

see you there! said...

Wonderful photo's of a wonderful piece of art. I will have to go look at it next time I'm in the area. BTW, I linked to your blog today - a little German translation needed :-)

Darla

Felicia said...

It is so very lovely.

Gail Dixon said...

I love the close-ups you captured of the lantern. The bokeh in the first photo is spectacular. Really nice set of images!

EarlK said...

Your photos are fantastic. You did a magnificent job of capturing the imagery that is created. All the colors that are there from the crystals, wires, water . . . just beautiful.

Barb said...

So fascinating and beautiful! It takes intricate parts to make the magnificent whole. Beautiful processing and terrific eye, Carola.

Donna Hopkins said...

These photos have an abstract quality that is compelling. I love that the images are open to interpretation. The colors are vibrant and the compositions so creative. The reflections and light are simply gorgeous. Art in the garden - a photographer's dream!

Magic Love Crow said...

This is breath taking! Wow!!! I would love to see this in real life! Hugs ;o)

CJ said...

What a fun piece of art. I love seeing art that is unique ---sometimes it sparks ideas for my own work.

I stopped by to see your fence photos (lovely poppies) but got sidetracked to the sculpture with the colorful glass teardrops.

Thanks for stopping to see my fence image.