Memorial Day was a great day for a holiday weather-wise, and we wanted to find a way to spend some time outside. We've lived here for over twenty-five years and had never been to the Arboretum.
As a bonus, the arboretum is dog friendly, so Buddy and Button got to come along.
Dogs are only allowed on blacktop and mulch paths, but we broke the rules a little bit trying to find mulched paths that weren't more mud than mulch. Because so many paths were concrete we didn't get to see everything, but we saw plenty.
The volunteers and staff definitely have a sense of humor.
One of the first things I spotted was this bag of flowers hanging from the fence.
When I got a little closer, I realized it was purse.
And a few yards away, another purse planter.
The fence was lined with purses filled with flowers.
It was the first thing you see at the Arboretum- it's Purseception.
The blacktop path continued into a shaded wooded area. Seeing this statue nestled among the trees was such a nice surprise I had to take a picture.
After walking a bit further along the winding path, I found more statues...and realized this was the Sculpture Garden Walkway... a very good place to keep your sculptures!
I wish I'd had more time to find out about some of the sculptures, like this one of Abe and Mary Lincoln. Why are they hollowed out? Are they sitting at Ford Theater, waiting for John Wilkes Booth? Or am I over analyzing?
When you got close to this likeness of Michael Jackson he started to sing Thriller and moonwalk.
(I'm kidding, just checking to see if you're paying attention.)
I didn't immediately realize what this was, but my bike riding husband did.
Several years ago this statue caused some controversy.
I don't know what it says about my level of art appreciation but I wasn't concerned about her clothing, or lack of clothing.
My take away from the sculpture was "Is it still a selfie if you take it with a camera instead of a phone? What is the actual definition of a selfie?"
When it comes to art, I wonder how often I over analyze or under analyze what message the artist is trying to share.
Maybe it's easier to enjoy something simple, a little bit clever and definitely pretty like this shopping cart full of flowers called "Rolling Out".