Nashville vacation, part 5

So far: the Old Stone Fort Archaeological State Park, the zoo, down town Nashville, the Opryland Hotel, and Centennial Park. Today: Cheekwood.

This was one of my favourite places in Nashville. If you have any interest in gardens, art, or history than you would love this place. Especially if you love gardens. Have I mentioned gardens?

One thing I should mention is that, like everywhere else, they had already cleared the gardens for the season. And, yet, they were still lovely. I can only image how amazing they must be at peak season!

Of course, one of the big selling features of Cheekwood is all of the art: a sculpture walk (sculptures set up at intervals along a wooded trail), the art gallery, the pieces in the museum (old dishes, etc.), and even the features of the building and grounds (various sculptures adorning water features, etc.). There’s so much to see. We could have easily spent the whole day there.

The gallery exhibit focused on William Edmondson, an African-American folk art sculptor. While I have a great deal of respect for his work and interest in his story (ex: he was the first African-American artist to be given a one-person show at the Museum of Modern Art), it wasn’t the kind of art that I’m typically drawn to, so I spent a lot of time being distracted by the architecture and details in each room. There were big windows, gorgeous wood work around the doors, and one room had a a very interesting painted ceiling (stripes and such). Had I been allowed to take pictures, I would have.

The sculptures along the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail were very interesting. Most of it was fairly modern styled sculptures (not your typical old half-naked bodies and such). Some of it was interactive. All of it was, at very least, thought provoking. In retrospect, there were one or two that I would have loved to have spent more time with or to have seen in different light. Some sun streaming through the trees could have added a lovely extra dimension to some of them.

And, even in the gardens, there were odds and ends of art, both in the form of the artistry that went into the garden design and in the form of actual art. For example, I loved Patrick Dougherty’s “Little Bitty Pretty” sculpture.  It’s houses made of sticks. The best part is that you can go inside and explore. I loved seeing the fluidity of how he put the sticks together (see below for pictures).

So, yeah, as I’m sure you can tell, I absolutely loved Cheekwood!

Patrick Dougherty's "Little Bitty Pretty" sculpture
Through the roof of Patrick Dougherty's "Little Bitty Pretty" sculpture
Leaves, old and new
Water basin
Jenny Holzer's "Untitled" piece
Leave & moss
Doug Hollis' "High-back Windharp Chairs"
Looking up out of James Turrell's "Blue Pesher"

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