Tuesday, November 25, 2008

McKee Botanical Garden - Hans Godo Fräbel - Reflections of Glass on Water - Vero Beach, FL

One of my favorite things to do is to spend a day ‘around and about’ with the Wellington Garden Club, visiting gardens in the area. In November we took a bus trip to McKee Botanical Garden, an 18 acre Subtropical Jungle Hammock. Not only is the garden beautiful, but we also were most fortunate to be there for the Fräbel exhibit ‘Reflection of Glass on Water’. Hans Godo Fräbel is known for his flamework glass art.

There were over 200 sculptures placed throughout the garden.
This sculpture is called "Aces and Deuces, Jokers Wild". It consists of 13 jokers, balancing on playing cards. It is a symbolic expression of life's journeys through ups and downs, highs and lows. It shows the risks and challenges we face and the gambles we have to make in our lives.

In the background is the “Large Cube with Imploded Spheres"

This is known as the "Longfellow Fountain". Longfellows are elongated figures with stretched torsos and exagerated extremities giving them an almost alien look.

This piece is composed of 15 large clowns on large spheres, entitled "Balancing".

Enjoy life like these clowns, as if it is one big carnival.

The Cavorting Clown Fountain stands over 10’ tall and 7’ in diameter, and is displayed in a beautiful pavillion. Frabel achieved international recognition for his cavorting clowns when he was chosen as an Absolut Vodka Artist in 1987 along with Andy Warhol and Keith Herring

The show will be at the McKee Botanical Garden through April 30, 2009.

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