Winter Trees are Art

On Friday we took advantage of a sunny afternoon and spent a couple of hours at the St. Louis Art Museum. Before we had even gotten inside I saw art...


...not in the outdoor sculptures, but in the birch trees. Winter trees really speak to me!


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The SLAM completed a renovation in the last few years, and these plantings were in front of the new East Building:





I had not seen them before, so I'm glad that my first view was in winter!

In front of the preexisting building were some trees that were equally artistic in their cold-weather barrenness:


What makes both of these so interesting and visually exciting to me is that they're mass plantings. Just a single specimen of each of these trees would not be as impressive.

Maybe I should plant a little geometric grove of river birch in my own garden?

(As if I have the space for that...)

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Alan  – (February 1, 2016 at 8:34 AM)  

I really like how the third, fourth, and fifth photos work together. Well done me! :)

Renee  – (February 1, 2016 at 8:49 AM)  

Those are very impressive trees in winter, especially against that blue sky.

Maywyn Studio  – (February 1, 2016 at 10:01 AM)  

I love to look at birch trees, but their fragility concerns me. If they are a small variety that don't fall over easily, then they're beautiful trees to have in a landscape. They certainly do look gorgeous in your photos.

outlawgardener  – (February 1, 2016 at 1:26 PM)  

Both the planting and your images are well done! Winter trees planted this way really are art!

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