Kizuna is Denver Botanic Gardens’ latest stellar art installation
“Kizuna: East Meets West,” by Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik, at the Denver Botanic Gardens through November 4, again shows the perfect partnership of monumental sculpture art and nature’s botanical art enhanced and arranged by the Gardens’ gifted horticulturalists and landscapers. I wrote again, because “Moore in the Gardens,” the year-long exhibition of Henry Moore’s enormous metal sculptures in 2o10-11, also showcased monumental masterpieces in all seasons and all kinds of light.
While Moore’s metal sculptures are solid, hard and immutable, Kawana and Talasnik, work in bamboo, a natural, malleable and sustainable material. Tons of several species were delivered to Gardens for the artists to cut, peel, bend and assemble into site-specific sculptures. Kawana’s are enormous and resemble waves and coils statically rolling across the Gardens’ lush landscape. Some wave gently in the breeze, and visitors can walk through some of them. Talasnik’s pieces float in the pond of Monet’s Garden, often turning in the breeze or the current when a duck or goose swims by. In fact, a mother goose — really — laid her eggs in one of the floating artworks.
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