Thursday, March 6, 2014

McKee's Botanical Garden, Vero Beach, Florida - Part 4

This is my fourth post in the 'Beyond The Frame' series of sculptures by Seward Johnson's exhibit, entitled 'The Eye of the Beholder'.  You can see the others herehere and here.  This work is based on the Claude Monet painting, 'Pere Lathuilles'. You can see a copy of the painting at this link

This particular exhibit is located inside The Bamboo Pavilion.  We walked along a path of tall bamboo to get there.  A marker nearby read: "This Pavilion (2002) was the first engineered structure to receive a building permit in the United States.  It was constructed of Guadua bamboo (Guadua angustifolia), an abundant and easily renewable resource in the central Andean valleys of South America.  Columbian craftsmen followed a design by Engineer Jorg Stamm, that combines traditional tribal techniques with European methods of joining wood. 

People throughout the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world build with bamboo, using many different traditional ways of building.  Modern builders too have begun to use this easily renewable resource for flooring and laminates.  

Bamboo is a giant grass - one of the world's most economically important families  Other grasses we use include wheat, oats, corn, sugar and rice."

I also read online that the roof has more than 9,000 Sabal Palm Fronds attached by traditional methods under the supervision of Seminole Indian Chief Leroy Osceola.  That article was found here and goes into greater detail.

The Pavilion was quiet when we got there.  Our only companions were the statues.  

Yes that's husband Gregg 'listening in'.

I have many, many more photographs of the various exhibits, but perhaps you would like a rest from them for a while.  Next week I will share more of the actual garden and then perhaps go back to the statues, which as you can see I found so very interesting and enjoyable.