Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Franklin Park Conservatory, Chihuly Glass and Butterflies

Yesterday my friend, Marta, and I went down to Columbus for a day of shopping and sightseeing. On the recommendation of another of her friends, we went to the Franklin Park Conservatory. The conservatory several rooms which are set up as tropical, desert, rain forest etc. Among all of the beautiful plants, there are displays of the beautiful Chihuly Glass. I must admit that I had never heard of Chihuly glass before yesterday but I became an instant fan!! One of the exhibits was called Blooms and Butterflies. The room had an abundance of tropical plants, flowers, waterfalls, Chihuly glass and butterflies. In another room, we walked through a tunnel and looked up to see the most beautiful ceiling ever!There was a really neat display outside. Here are a few shots including a picture of the guy who has to clean all that glass!Perhaps the highlight, though, was the release of butterflies into the tropical room. The conservatory buys cocoons of various kinds of butterflies. As the cocoons hatch each day in a special room, they put them in a carrier to be transported to the tropical room where they are released. The young man who released them also told us about each of the kinds of butterflies. It was really neat.Here are just a few of the butterflies released yesterday. This little guy chose to land on my pant leg. This is after I transferred him from my pants to my hand.It was an amazing day topped off with some shopping at a couple of the Columbus malls with lunch at Cheesecake Factory and dinner at Max and Ermas.


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Very cool! The butterflies are so lovely, and what better setting for that glasswork!?

You pity the guy who has to clean it. I pity the guy who has to install it and uninstall it without breaking pieces... and pack it up for shipping!

I saw a documentary of the making of (I think) this chandelier a while back:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

the glass is beautiful and mixed in with the live greenery is wonderful

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

OMG!! You totally do not follow my blog. We had Chihuly here this spring at our Desert Botanical Gardens (check out my old posts). He is absolutely fabulous! I've followed him for at least 20 years and he is amazing... shows on PBS, and other formats. He has a workshop/museum in Tacoma (The Boathouse) that I would love to go see. The garden installations are truly phenomenal. So glad you took the time to see his exhibit.

We, too, had a butterfly house at our botanical garden this spring at the same time as the Chihuly). Amazing, mystical and wonderful!!

Greyscale Territory said...

This place would fascinate me! I would love to wander there! Glorious photos!

The Farmer Files said...

So magical...gonna google and see if they are coming to San Diego.