Sunday, December 30, 2012

Huntington Garden - Steel and Stone

Last night, I fell down a rabbit hole in blogland... one of those cases where I was looking at a blog, clicked on a link in their blog roll, read through a new blog, which reminded me of something, which reminded me of the Huntington Gardens, which meant I had to look at their website, where I found an exhibit I hadn't known about. Now, I really don't have the sophistication to understand viewing stones (although I saw the exhibit and it was nice) so the real exciting exhibit to me was "Steel and Stone".

So of course I went to the Huntington the next day to see it. I love being on vacation!

And the exhibit was awesome. It was different sculptures by an artist named Khachik Khachatatouryan, who I'd never heard of before. Here is the poster for the exhibit:

There were about 10 different sculptures, but I won't show pictures of all of them, in case anyone gets a chance to go down and see them. The information said that the sculptor had seen all these plants at the Huntington, so I went and took pictures of them also, to show the steel versions side-by-side with the real ones:

Pachycereus schottii 'Monstrosus'
 I actually have one of these at home! So it was kind of neat to see a sculpture of one of "my" plants.
Myrtillocactus geometrizans (crest)

Echeveria 'imbricata'
 This next one is my second-favorite. The picture of the real plant is an old one - these ones are only in the cactus house, which isn't open on Sundays. Go on a Saturday to see the cactus house!
Echeveria gibbiflora hybrid
 This piece (the largest) is my favorite. It was labeled as Agave salmiana, which I couldn't find in the desert garden... I think it might be in the cactus house also. But I found several "lookalikes". Some of those real plants are even almost the right color!

Agave salmiana (steel) and assorted Agaves
I'm sure Khachatatouryan's work is very expensive, but could you imagine having one of those as a piece of garden art? Maybe surrounded by real Agaves...

I also found this Agave, look at the curls! The species names started with an "V", but I didn't get a picture because it was off the path, and I didn't want to get yelled at by the guard...

Next time I might take a closer look at the name tag...
The exhibit runs until January 2nd, in case anyone is interested. I might have to go to the gardens again soon - all the cacti and succulents in the desert garden are getting ready to put on a show! There were bloom stalks everywhere. Some of the Aloes have already started:

Reds and Yellows everywhere..
I think it would be easy to post a picture a day if I got to go to the Huntington or another garden everyday in January! Too bad that definitely won't happen...


  1. That agave with the curly arms might be Agave vilmoriniana aka octopus agave. Those steel sculptures are cool.

    1. I think you're right! Thanks for the ID... I wanted one, and now i know what to look for.

  2. You are so lucky to be so close to the Huntington! The sculptures are beautiful!

    1. I try to take advantage of what is out here. But I'm know there are some treasures in your area too, that I'd love to visit. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Oh how I would love to have the steel agave in my garden!

    1. Isn't it gorgeous? It was the picture they used on their website, and as soon I saw it, my first thought was "I must go see this" and my second thought was "danger garden!" Thanks for stopping by!


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