MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts


Black Sun; Isamu Noguchi, 1969

Black Sun; Isamu Noguchi (1969); photo by Thomas May

Just a little after the solstice, while taking a walk, I chanced upon this image of the setting sun fitting into the “donut hole” of Isamu Noguchi’s Black Sun, a granite sculpture in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

For a moment, it felt as if I were encountering an ancient ritual site, designed with astonishing precision, to map out the link between our world and the cosmos. A last flicker of light before the sun was swallowed by the horizon.

Filed under: photography, sculpture

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.

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.


Filed under: sculpture

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