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West meets East at the Denver Botanic Gardens through this weekend

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Lisa Eldred, director of exhibitions, says the Kizuna works fit in perfectly with Colorado's seasonal climate. "Not only is it a natural material, you're able to see how that natural material reacts to changing seasons," she explains. "When Tetsunori Kawana's installations first went in, there was this fabulous outer layer of green on the bamboo and a yellowish inside. So the twisting forms were two-toned, if you will. Then, within short order and exposure to the sun and dry climate here in Colorado, it became this wonderful golden color. So I think it's been a great way to see how nature and art play together within the natural environment."

Talasnik's "Floating World Installation" is "made up of many components and some of them have been tethered all summer," she adds, "so when there's a slight wind, they move. There is this interactive environment that I think provides a unique experience to the visitors here."

But they'll want to visit soon: The majory if the sculptures will be taken down on November 4, after the show ends this Sunday. However, some will stick around until January, Eldred says, "because they have held up and will look great in snow and lights at night."

The Gardens generally plans indoor shows that work well with any outside exhibits. To go with Kizuna, the Gardens first featured Kenichi Nagakura's unconventional bamboo basket-weaving in Fluid Duality.
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Noah Hubbell