Flowers in one's apartment is 'Nature lite' as compared to being in a garden the likes of the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton. This 16-acre garden contains lawns and ornamental borders and designated major spaces as settings for plant collections and sculptures.
The plants are lush; the trees tall and magnificent; and water features abound. It is a place of beauty.
From all the sculptures to be found here, the new ones intrigued me--and for different reasons. This piece, and others like it, by painter and sculpture artist, Jack Youngerman, reminded me of free-form papers floated in by the wind. They appear weightless.
Having seen the life-size and life-like Terra-Cotta Warriors of China's First Emperor in their underground burial complex in Xian, a site first unearthed in 1974, I was unprepared for the Contemporary Chinese Warriors by Yue Minjun. To be fair, 'contemporary' wasn't included in the reference made by the garden docent--and I like that. The word might have been a spoiler. This way I got the full impact of the surprise.
Contrasts help us see. We notice what is different because the differences are so apparent. All the contemporary Chinese warriors look the same. They wear the same things--t-shirts and jeans and no shoes; and they laugh and cover their ears in the same way. There's a satiric element to in-your-face presentation of stereotype. It's curious--and significant--that the ancient warriors are differentiated; the modern ones are not.
Along side these sculptures--and many others, I found this lovely spider's web. There's a welcoming for all of it at Longhouse Reserve.