High up and with the clouds,
people built and then journeyed to,
a place fit for the gods.
This week’s travel theme at Where’s My Backpack? is ancient. I was at the St. Louis Art Museum this past week for a special exhibit where I saw this painting and a floral interpretation of it:
The painting is Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion by John Martin, painted in 1812. The floral arrangement is by Ivy Baebler of the Federated Garden Clubs of MO. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this exhibit before I went. It turns out, I really liked it. Of course, because the flowers fade quickly, it is an exhibit that lasts only a few days and is very crowded. The difficulty in shooting something like this starts with those crowds. I was also kind of surprised at the number of people who were touching the flowers. I guess to me it just seemed like the floral arrangements were created works of art and touching them would potentially mess up the composition. That aside, it was hard for my point and shoot to capture all the detail of both the floral work and the painting. I tried though, just to give the feel of the exhibit.
Have you ever been to an exhibit like this? I’ll admit I hadn’t.