Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

Below are images from Dale Chihuly’s Gardens and Glass installed at botanical gardens all over the world. Perfect juxtapositions of beautifully crafted objects, once fluid and rapidly changing, now fixed in time. Purposefully and collaboratively placed in similar backgrounds. The living objects continue to slowly change and grow in ways that are impossible to observe in a single visit. The now-fixed and eternally-changing are simply together, enhancing each other’s beauty, creating a place.

What can designers of modern, fluid, information patterns learn from this stunning collaboration between botany and art? How can cleaning your data and preparing records for deep, widely distributed archiving feel more like working in your garden? If dynamic growing data collections could be shown, and tended to, in forms that were able to be made more beautiful over time…what do newly fixed data structures look and act like in context of slowly changing knowledge domains forming beautifully tended backgrounds?

To really see, be surrounded by, experience and wonder for yourself, please go to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA before November 11, 2007 – where juxtaposing dynamic forms is made real.


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7 thoughts on “Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

  1. ‘Data Farming’, comes to mind as a concept. The idea isn’t so much in the beauty that’s transfered to the senses — as the utility apparent in simply placing content in an order than can be harvested. ”Data Sowing’, ‘Data Harvesting’.

    It’s the cultavation and the weeding that’s the trickier side to maintaining the garden — or any farm.

  2. And to expand on that little tangent… Understand the conceptual nature of recent research activity with the rain-forest in equatorial regions. The dynamics of the 3D-Canopy could realistically apply as an analogy to the seemingly disorganized structure of the Internet, or social-networking. But from the chaos that appears to be present, there is a definite order.

    The ‘planting’ aspects of the ecosystem, in its natural context — is a mirror conceptual reflection of our own human nature, because we are nature. The seeds we sow, so to speak may be as precise or chaotic as we intend them to be — or like in nature — do not intend them to be. But the reality is, that the 3D-Canopy develops, because it is the content itself, finding its natural order — giving it shape, and giving other ‘outside organisms’ a place to evolve and prosper.

    From there, we understand ourselves, and the fact that we are nature. Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures are simply an observance into the landscape — to show us that everything isn’t all that unique, even if it seemingly looks unique.

    As I’ve occassionally said to people since an early age in this life, “All the best ideas will be those that digress elegantly.”

  3. Hi Daniel

    What you about planting and landscapes is beautiful.

    What if = the landscape = is everything going on by Open Geospatial Consortium, a select portion of ISO standards, and Remote Sensing of all types…how to insert a temporarily fixed structure then let the background change independently from the planted pieces?

    The opposite of what happens in Gardens of Glass where – the glass was active, the plants were already growing in their carefully placed, tended, and well funded arrangements. When the glass is planted it is no longer hot and fluid, it has cooled, solidified and is now fixed. It is now carefully handled as an artifact of artistic work to be placed in the previous arrangements, and new arrangements made or improved especially for the occasion. The glass sculptures will now stay fixed forever while the plants continue their slow growth, evolution, and care.

    Do you know of similar juxtapositions of spatial measurement, slow growth recording, public programming and interpretation?

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