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.


  1. Beautiful work on these sculptures!

    I wonder what Monet himself would have thought of it.

  2. It looks like an incredible exhibition and I will glady soak up any photos of it you care to show us.

  3. The guy kind of favors me right down to the mustache. No! Not the waiter. Well, maybe the waiter. :)

    Anyway, this cyber trip was fun and made me think about rain forests and such. I'm a big fan of rain - have always liked rainy days. I like those grass covered huts too. Thanks for the trip! The pictures are so good it seemed almost like I was there.

  4. I love these, Denise. What a fabulous place, and so much fun! It's making paintings come alive... well... sort of. :-)

  5. Were my eyes deceiving me or was that Greg eyeing the lovebirds? Impressive photographs, Denise, as ever.

  6. Denise, I am enjoying your statues and post. They are cool. I love the waiter in this post. Have a happy day!

  7. What a great post and so interesting. I love the statues and the garden. Have a good day Diane

  8. an intruiging place to visit and great for your camera

  9. Looks very tropical Denise. Did you notice the statue in the photo with the camera on his lap.???

  10. Those sculptures are extraordinary!

  11. Enjoyed seeing the pictures!! What long trees!!

  12. The statues are interesting. I like the structure of the pavilion as well.

  13. The statues are very interesting and well done. What a beautiful place!

  14. HI Denise It is wonderful that you showed us the statues close up. Very beautiful and interesting post. I think the waiter has a bit of a twinkle in his eye!!

  15. You almost expect them to pay the bill and leave.

  16. What a beautiful garden. It's so peaceful and serene. I would like to be there right now.

  17. Thank you William, I think so too. I was amazed at the detail. I also have loved all your photos of the ice sculptures in Ottawa. I think Monet would have been astounded, and yet pleased.

    Elephant Child, it was, I haven’t enjoyed one as much as this in a long time and thank you, you are so kind.

    David, I thought I saw a resemblance ;) I’m a rainy day fan also. Thanks for visiting while you are taking a blog break.

    Kay, it was and it does, sort of ;)

    Valerie, yes that was Gregg, I thought I ought to add that in my post. He was kind of staying as still as a statue while I took photos, though he enjoyed taking them too. I am also sharing his photos here.

    Eileen, I’m so glad. That waiter was captivated in the conversation wasn’t he?

    Food, fun and Life in the Charente, happy you enjoyed this post Diane.

    Carole M, there were so many photo ops I was one happy camper :)

    Roy Norris, thanks Roy, it was a very tropical garden, almost as if I was in some far off land. Yes I did noticed the statue with the camera on his lap. He had a big smile on his face didn’t he? {:))

    Yogi, extraordinary is an excellent word for them.
    Weekend-Windup, they certainly were. The bamboo grows exceedingly tall and I do think of them as trees rather than giant grasses.

    TexWisGirl, me too, he is a very popular guy, always in the background taking it all in :)

    Adam, they certainly were.
    Linda Gross, there was a lot to take in in such a small space.

    Gail Dixon, I hope you take a trip there one day, it was gorgeous and I hope to go back.

    Margaret Adamson, hi Margaret, getting up close to the waiter’s face, I definitely saw that twinkle you mentioned.

    Mama Zen, thank you and I agree., I couldn’t agree more.

    GigiHawaii, you know Gigi, it was almost like being in Hawaii. If you ever come back this way and decide to go back to Florida, I'll meet you there :)

    Thank you for your kind words everyone, and for visiting this post. I hope you all have a great day.

  18. I find these gardens fascinating-with the statues, it just brings the garden to life.

  19. I absolutely loved these sculptures too. Great posts Denise :D)