August 26, 2014 – Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, a 132 are botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park has been ranked as one of the top “30 Must-See Museums” in the world and one of the most-visited art museums worldwide.
Entrance Sign, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26Entrance, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26The Lena Meijer Conservatory at Meijer Gardens

Conservatory, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26is a five-story, 15,000-square-foot facility featuring rock landscapes by designer Philip di Giacomo and plant selections by garden designer Stephen Rosselet. It houses tropical plants from around the world, including coconut palms from the Pacific, fig trees from India, exotic orchids from Central and South America, Asiatic bamboo and banana trees. Additional indoor gardens include the nation’s most comprehensive carnivorous plant house, arid house, featuring Saguaro cacti, and Victorian conservatory.

Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap

Vanda Orchid

Vanda Orchid

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Natal Palms

Natal Palms

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

Flamingo

Flamingo

Dutchman's Pipe

Dutchman’s Pipe

Canna Lily

Canna Lily

Barrel Cactus Flower

Barrel Cactus Flower

[Unknown] Blue Flower, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26A variety of Orchids

[Unknown] Orchid (e), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 [Unknown] Orchid (b), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 [Unknown] Orchid (a), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26

Water Droplets on a Fern Grass Leaf

Water Droplets on a Fern Grass Leaf

 

In addition, there are a dozen species of tropical birds making their home in the protected, glass-enclosed structure.

Bishop's Weaver

Bishop’s Weaver

Pin-tailed Whydah

Pin-tailed Whydah

Common Canary

Common Canary

Meijer Gardens includes a 30-acre outdoor sculpture park, which opened on May 16, 2002. It features more than 170 sculptures by world-renowned artists and includes numerous monumental sculptures exhibited outdoors, throughout all areas of the property, as well as indoors in the conservatory, specialty gardens and gallery.
Among the many highlights for visitors is Nina Akamu’s The American Horse,

American Horse (a1), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 American Horse (a4), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 American Horse (a2), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26created in homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s original commission by the Duke of Milan
American Horse (b - Homage to Leonardo), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26as well as selected works by Rodin and
The Kiss, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26Degas featured in the Victorian Conservatory.
DSC_0038The many significant works of art within the Park are placed within a variety of natural settings and gardens,
Central Garden, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26Cedar, Coleus, Lantana and Petunias, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26ponds

Wetland, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26fountains,

Bird Fountain (a), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 Bubbling Fountain, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26and connected by waterways,
Waterfall (d), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26meandering paths, lawns, meadows and quiet walkways. Where the sculptures appear to be painted, the artist has achieved his/her desired coloration effect through a process called patina … on metal, patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfides, or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements (oxygen, rain, acid rain, carbon dioxide, sulfur-bearing compounds), a common example of which is rust which forms on iron or steel when exposed to oxygen.

Two Bears, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26

TwoIntermediate Lines

TwoIntermediate Lines

Working Model for Divided Oval

Working Model for Divided Oval

Young Boy among Children of the World water feature

Young Boy among Children of the World water feature

Torso of Summer

Torso of Summer

Urban Excursion Rendezvous

Urban Excursion Rendezvous

Boy and the Bear

Boy and the Bear

Sandstone Arch

Sandstone Arch

Scarlatti

Scarlatti

Stylized Eagle

Stylized Eagle

Shovel water Feature

Shovel water Feature

Spider

Spider

Masai Mother

Masai Mother

Listening to History

Listening to History

Multi-Colored Rings

Multi-Colored Rings

Lying Man

Lying Man

Me Hy Yip Yip

Me Hy Yip Yip

Plantoir

Plantoir

Neuron

Neuron

Large Parrot Screams

Large Parrot Screams

Night and Day

Night and Day

Mother and Father (with stools from their Hardware Store)

Mother and Father (with stools from their Hardware Store)

Mad Mom

Mad Mom

I You She or He

I You She or He

Eve

Eve

Dancer Looking at the Bottom of her Foot

Dancer Looking at the Bottom of her Foot

Cabin Creek

Cabin Creek

Bronze Form

Bronze Form

Bend of the Mind

Bend of the Mind

Aria

Aria

No. 25

No. 25

No. 26

No. 26

Column of Free Spirit

Column of Free Spirit

Espaliered Girl

Espaliered Girl

Two of Five Named Sculptures

Two of Five Named Sculptures

Overlooking one section of the Park was a sculpture commissioned by Frederik’s wife, Lena … the two of them together on a park bench.

Frederik and Lena Meijer on a Bench, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26During lunch in the cafe, we also noticed several large pieces of glass artwork hanging from the ceiling.

Chihuly blown glass chandelier, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26 Lena's Garden, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sclpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI - 2104-08-26

 

 

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