……Light turns the ordinary into the magical ~ Trent Parke
Last night, we spent the evening wandering the Desert Botanical Garden’s, “Las Noches de las Luminarias,” in Phoenix. The paths and trees were lined through out the garden with festive lights, giving a magical holiday feel to the desert southwest.
To add to the fun, sculptures from Japanese artist, Jun Kaneko are on display amid the lights and thorny plant life. This colorful, large-scale form is one of six heads featured by this unusual artist.
Even the saguaro cactus, symbol of the desert southwest, were illuminating the holiday spirit.
Another piece by Jun Kaneko called a Dango. The sculptures will be on display at the garden until May 13. Here’s a link if you’re interested in his work: http://www.junkaneko.com/
This is how we do Christmas in the desert! We may not have snow, but with a temperature drop and a northerly wind, scarves and gloves were adorned by all.
What an imagination! Called the six Tanuki, this group of whimsical raccoon-dogs hang out in the gardens Lewis Desert Portal section and by the looks on their faces, wondering how on earth they got there.
The odd Boojum tree. Although it may look like an evergreen, it’s all thorns instead of leaves or needles. You wouldn’t have to worry about your cats messing with it. Ouch!
There were many talented entertainers during the evening ~ from Folklorico dancers to musical acts performing Bluegrass, Classical, and Blues style holiday tunes. This group treated us to a soulful rendition of Georgia on My Mind.
I called this piece, “the twilight zone.” The spirals remind me of the background to the infamous TV show. I’m not an art connoisseur, but these sculptures sure brought a smile to my face and made for interesting discussions throughout the evening. And isn’t that what art is all about?
Las Noches de las Luminarias (the night of the luminaries) runs until December 30 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. With glowing paths, hand lit luminary bags, twinkle lights in trees and some really wonderful entertainers, if you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out.
With the season upon us, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and may you have a wonderful New Year filled with many adventures and interesting places to wander.