Monday walk at Morton Arboretum and a double selfie!

Posted: December 5, 2022 in Monday walk
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Prior to my visit to Illinois, I asked Sue (Mac’s Girl), if she’d like to meet while I was there. We met at Morton Arboretum, in Lisle (pronounced “Lyle”) where the “Human + Nature” sculptures were on exhibit. Sue had been to the exhibit before but one sculpture had proved elusive so our mission was to find it. But today we’re starting with the first three sculptures we found.

Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.

“Gingko.” I really like this one.

Flower season was past as in late October, but there was a seasonal display of color nonetheless. Decorative kale is so beautiful.

I believe this one is “Hallow.” Although this appears to be wood, it’s not.

The sculptures are constructed of glass-reinforced concrete, fiberglass and steel. They each weigh several metric tons. They are painted to look like wood.

From what I can determine, this sports the puzzling name of “UMI.” Don’t ask me. The sculptor chose the names and isn’t saying what they mean, asking each individual to determine what the sculpture and name mean. We thought this one might show the two-faced-ness of the world these days. Makes Janus and his two faces seem rather above board! Now that I think of it, this is what my high school students thought I could do. They couldn’t understand how I could see them doing things they shouldn’t. I never enlightened them as to what peripheral vision meant. 🙂 Better to let them fear my powers!

Finally, we have a never-before-seen selfie of the two of us: Sue to the left and I on the right. 🙂

Jo’s Monday Walk 12.5.22

(All quotes are from the Morton Arboretum website.)

  1. restlessjo says:

    Sculpture and art are meant to explore boundaries, aren’t they, but they do sometimes leave me behind, Janet. Like you I love the idea of Gingko. Isn’t Umi taste in Japanese? No, I think that’s umami? Anyway, I quite like her. I expect we’ll see more? Thanks for sharing.

  2. it’s beautiful and it is immediately in our head as a good memory….

  3. macmsue says:

    Amazing sculptures, I’ve never seen anything like them.

  4. Definitely a nice walk in the park.

  5. Gorgeous artwork, love the first ans last one, before the selfie 🙂

    • I enjoyed them as well, Ritva. They were so interesting and I was surprised to find that the ones that looked like wood weren’t, although I guess wood wouldn’t last as well outdoors.

  6. julieallyn says:

    I love outdoor sculpture gardens. Some amazing art here! Thanks for sharing.

  7. The sculptures are unique!

  8. The ones painted to look like wood are really neat. The one with the many parts of the face reminded me of our 5 senses…but I don’t see an ear or did I miss it?

  9. Haha! I love the selfie! Beautiful pictures reminding me of a very enjoyable day with you at the Arboretum.

  10. tootlepedal says:

    A fine portrait of the two of you. I am not very good at divining the inner meaning of artworks, I just look at them.

  11. Wind Kisses says:

    I absolutely love that you take time to meet fellow bloggers. It is a culture in itself, isn’t it? The sculptures are fantastic. I loved Ginko too, but to ponder some of the others is what would make the walk and garden visit fun. Great self portrait. That would be an “usie”

  12. Teresa says:

    These are beautiful sculptures! I particularly like the first one and the lady sculpture as well. Great to have caught up with a fellow blogger on a nice day 👍

  13. Sue says:

    Interesting sculptures! Looks like you two had a good day

  14. peggy says:

    I love the first photo. I look at these sculptures and wonder where different artists get their inspiration. Very unusual art creations.

  15. Amy says:

    Amazing sculptures, Janet! Thanks for the enjoyable walk through your beautiful images.

  16. pommepal says:

    Amazing sculptures and meeting other bloggers is always a bonus

  17. Resa says:

    LOVE the sculptures.