Art and nature in Tennessee.

While we were in Tennessee we visited the Cheekwood Gardens and estates. I was told Winter was not the best time to visit, but I wasn't the least bit disappointed. There was a fresh sprinkling of snow and ice on the ground and no one was out except us and the animals.  

 Im not sure what kind of grasses these were, but they were pretty neat. Quilt inspiration?

Im not sure what kind of grasses these were, but they were pretty neat. Quilt inspiration?

As well as many themed gardens, Cheekwood has a sculpture path that winds it's way around the outside of the grounds. I didn't catch most of the artist names, but it was fun to "discover" sculpture in the cold Winter woods. 

 It was startling to come upon this great creature/structure in the middle of the woods. 

It was startling to come upon this great creature/structure in the middle of the woods. 

 We saw four deer making their way along the same path we were. 

We saw four deer making their way along the same path we were. 

 James Turrell was a highlight of the sculpture walk.

James Turrell was a highlight of the sculpture walk.

It will be very exciting to go back in a different season and see how much the landscape changes. There were tons of squirrels and birds out but I bet there are even more in spring and summer. I most want to visit the Water Garden and Japanese Garden when we return. 

 We saw quite a few interesting birds but practically no feathers! Shame, I was looking forward to bringing some home. 

We saw quite a few interesting birds but practically no feathers! Shame, I was looking forward to bringing some home. 

 There's a ridiculous amount of lichen in TN. I wish I could have taken some. I don't think it would survive the plane ride. 

There's a ridiculous amount of lichen in TN. I wish I could have taken some. I don't think it would survive the plane ride. 

Inside the estate, they had a xmas tree display that was fairly uninspired (although, I hear it's been far better past years) and a small museum space. The exhibit was something to do with the early 90s and had a few interesting pieces, including one where a woman answered personal ads (pre-internet) and then requested the men eat birthday cake with her while being filmed. I didn't think too much of it at the time, but I have found the images strangely haunting me this week. We also got to see a Yoko Ono piece that incorporated some of her earlier work to make a new one. I think I need a book of her art.... but I think I missed the xmas deadline!

 I have been lucky to stumble upon some of Yoko Ono's work recently. It often appears in unexpected places. 

I have been lucky to stumble upon some of Yoko Ono's work recently. It often appears in unexpected places.