I'm dividing my posts into several parts, otherwise it might overwhelm you if I post all the photos in one post! Reminds you of those boring "this was my summer vacation" slides you had to sit through with friends or family, right? So, Since I don't want to lose you, I'll post Part 1 first and others later. Also, keep in mind, I'm only posting a few of the works there, not everything. I want to leave something there for you to see for yourself.
Now, once arriving and driving up the road to the main parking lot and building, you get sucked in to the beauty of the location. The mountains all around you, the creek nearby, and the blooming plants. You almost have to be careful as your driving to keep you eye on the winding road up the hill, because you eyes will be thrilled once you've entered their gates. And speaking of gates, oh!, just you wait till you see their beautiful handcrafted garden gates. And it's worth taking the time to notice all the details of each gate. You'll see what I mean in the photos below.
Right side of the "Stream Garden Gate" by David Brewin and Joseph Miller
Medium: Brass, steel, bronze, paint
Fish on the Garden Gate
Left side of the Garden Gate
Woodpecker on left side of the gate
Next on our tour, you'll see outdoor sculpture, "A Hedge Against Extinction", by Artist: Martin Webster
Around the front of the main educational building, there is a waterfall and pool area. They just recently added these new sculptures, I think there is four of them placed around the pool.
Title: Magniflower 3
Artist: Martin Webster
Medium: Ferrocement, steel armanture
Walking closer to the trails is this very tall, very huge Native American Indian bronze sculpture.
Title: Oh Great Spirit
Artist: Nell Banister Scruggs
Back close up
Near the Native Indian sculpture is
Title: Remembrance Bell
Artist: Stefan Bonitz
Once walking on the trail from the education building, you'll see next,
Title: Rhododendron Trellis
Artist: Grace Cathey
While walking you might want to keep you eye open for a few smaller pieces like this,
Title: Night Watch
Artist: Barron Brown
This is a view of the walking trails, nicely maintained and most shaded which is great in the hot summertime.
Now approaching the ampitheatre area.
View of more paths
Flowers and plants to enjoy with identifying tags of our native plants
In Part 2 of this post, I'll be showing of the indoor art exhibits. It's definitely worth the return to my art blog. Please come back for more! I hope you enjoyed the views. Love to hear your comments of the NC Arboretum if you've been there and if you haven't love to hear from you too!
Thank you, Allison
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