MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

In a Bright Garden of Glass

Taking a walk just before dusk, I was lured by a beautiful oversize
flower stalk outside the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

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Turns out I had chanced upon the Botanica Exotica show series –
an exhibit of the glass art of Jason Gamrath.
He’s from Mercer Island and an alumnus of Dale Chihuly’s
Pilchuck Glass School.

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Displayed amid the Conservatory’s remarkable collection
of exotic orchids and other flowers,
Gamrath’s giant flowers posed a mesmerizing enigma:
hybrids of realistic imitation and over-the-top fantasy,
fragile yet unbending.

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It feels like a piece of theater needs to be staged here.

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