Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brookgreen Gardens goes seriously 'green' in new exhibit

Brookgreen Gardens -- the  sculptures-plus-gardens destination in Pawleys Island, S.C. -- is not your typical beautiful getaway place.

Over the years, its outreach has extended to activities for kids (Enchanted Storybook Forest, Children's Nature & Sensory Trail), zoology (its Lowcountry Zoo), archaeology/history (Lowcountry Center and Trail, Oaks Plantation) and more.

Now Brookgreen is going green with a new touring  art exhibit.

"Environmental Impact," opening Friday in its Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, consists of 75 artworks --  paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and sculptures -- that deal with such issues as the over-development of land, dangers of nuclear energy and the impact of global warming.

The exhibit, there through April 26, puts the spotlight on the degradation of diverse environments, as well as on contemporary artists  whose creations focus on local and global environmental issues.

Bob Jewell, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, puts it this way: “Traditional art generally depicts nature in all of its glory.  The artworks in this exhibit present a variety of today’s environmental issues and call attention to the consequences of depleting our natural resources."

Viewing "Environmental Impact" is free to see when you pay regular Brookgreen admission: $14; $12 for 65 and older; $7 for ages 4-12. Admission is good for seven consecutive days; daily hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Image at the top of this post: "Green Amphorae,' by Karen Hackenburg, of Port Townsend, Wash.; image below: "Gulf Life - Blue Marlin" by Guy Harvey, of Grand Cayman, British West Indies.


John said...

"dangers of nuclear energy and the impact of global warming"

Perhaps nothing points out the problem with the "green" movement more than the contradiction of this statement. As it stands today, nuclear power is the ONLY viable, affordable, reliable alternative to dirtier coal/oil.

Newer technology only makes nuclear safer, yet the "green" movement has opposed building new plants using that technology for decades and would prefer that we continue to operate old technology over replacing it with newer, safer, more efficient designs.

Imagine how many people we would be killing in this country, if the same attitude had been taken to automobiles since the 1950s: No seatbelts, no airbags, no anti-lock brakes, no front-wheel drive, no crush zones, no energy absorbing bumpers, and the list goes on.