Art in the Gardens
Jarica Walsh: Dreaming in Blue
- Crystal Bridge Conservatory Visitor Lobby
- Exhibition on display May 16-July 7, 2020
Botanicals have come to play a major role in my practice, as I explore the healing space that plants hold for us. Many of these cyanotype prints are made using clippings of plants from the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Gardens. Roberta, one of the staff horticulturists, reserved samples for me during her usual pruning schedule. It was important to me that this body of work reflects the plantlife that shares this space, and that the specimens are respectfully gathered as part of the normal relationship between the plants and their people. As we all retreated to our homes during the pandemic, I included materials from my own little patch of land. The plants remind us we are all connected and our roots are deep. Our togetherness surpasses the boundaries we create, reminding us we are always one, despite our physical distance.
Jarica Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She is a multidisciplinary artist, motivated by the core principles of optimism, appreciation, and inclusion. Walsh is the Director of Art in Public Places for the Oklahoma Arts Council. She was born in Pawhuska of Osage and European heritage and is a proud member of the Osage Nation. She lives and works in Oklahoma City, maintaining a studio in the Paseo Arts District.
Sculpture Addition to the Children’s Garden
“Friendship” Sculpture: Well-known Boston artist, Nancy Schön, has captured the true nature of friendship in this bronze sculpture of two prairie dogs on display in the Children’s Garden.
Story Teller Chair
“Storyteller’s Chair” Sculpture: Oklahoma City artist, Don Narcomey, created this Sculpture with bois d’ arc wood (Osage Orange), an extremely hard and decay-resistant wood used in the past for fence posts and bows to shoot arrows. It is a magical addition to storytime in the Children’s Garden.
Gold Fish Sculpture
“Goldfish” Sculpture: This Texas Cream Limestone sculpture measuring approximately 18” x 4’ x 5’ 10” displayed on the lake level is a Fancy Tail Goldfish. This sculpture was created by Oklahoma City artist, Kendall Howerton.
“Gateway” Sculpture: Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp created the 14-foot red abstract sculpture as a means to connect the organic forms of nature with urban architecture and the environment. You can find this sculpture in the northwest corner of the Gardens.