(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

20 October 2011

Fall Flowers of Japan at The New York Botanical Garden

September 17 to October 30
[PANEL TEXT]Sculpture created by artist Tetsunori Kawana, a Master Teacher of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Founded in 1927, the Sogetsu School encouraged practitioners of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, to incorporate personal style and artistic vision into designs that remain engaged with traditional principles. Kawana is known worldwide for his modern, large-scale installations that embrace these ideals while making use of new materials and new techniques.To create this sculpture, Kawana salvaged fallen branches, twigs, vines, stumps, and roots from the grounds of the Botanical Garden in the days following tropical storms Irene and Lee. Through gathering and reassembling these items, Kawana seeks to give them a second life as a truly site-specific work of art that engages the five senses and encourages appreciation of the passage of time and the five natural elements of earth, wind, fire, water, and sky.

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