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Percussion in the Park

IMG_3728Enchanted by the beautiful gardens of the Morris Arboretum on a early September afternoon a year ago, I returned to visit again, this time on spring day in April. This weekend the arboretum celebrated their annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival.  As part of the celebration, KyoDaiko, a community-based taiko drumming group, presented a stunning visual and sound performance. I admired their synchronized movements as they beat the drums in unison. According to Wikipedia, taiko drumming goes back to the 6th century; the Japanese used the drum for communication, theatrical performances and religious events.

Yarnbombing!

That’s what they’ve called it when trees, bridges and gazebos are covered with crocheted yarn. Melissa Maddonni Haims is the local fiber artist who wrapped up the limbs and structures, mostly from recycled materials. Well, I think I’ve seen everything now after finding trees adorned in sweaters.

Fish and Fowl

Gurgling streams flowed into peaceful ponds where swans paddled gracefully and ducks splashed around in the water or in one case, take a nap on the nearby wall. In the fernery, carp swam in the shallows of a rock garden.

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The arboretum has 92 acres to wander and each vista offers something interesting to study. Stepped into a grotto, passed through the rose garden and explored a woodland path–a warm spring afternoon at the Morris gardens has stayed with me for days.

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Comments on: "Springtime at Morris Arboretum: KyoDaiko Drummers and Trees Wearing Sweaters" (4)

  1. I especially love your last photo. And you can always get my attention with a good yarn boming

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  2. The yarnbombing is wild and crazy, I like it!

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  3. Yarn bombing! Yes! I miss the Morris and the Tyler Arboretums, Kae, so I really appreciate these pictures. But Yarnbombing has been around for a number of years and fiber artists have been yarn bombing trees, benches, vehicles and buildings for quite some time. Google the term and I will bet you will find some amazing pieces!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing

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    • Wow, Kate, I had no idea that yarn bombing was actually widespread practice! How cool is that. From a distance, they actually looked like mosaics, especially on marble columns. Very impressive. K

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