7 apples: New garden art by Durand Van Doren

Last May, I posted about a fabulous floral gate installed by blacksmith/metal artist Durand Van Doren in Minns Garden outside my office. Today, he finished up the job installing two more gates, one with an apple theme.

The arch echoes the living apple arches in the garden …

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Close observers will notice seven famous apples among the branches. The first needs no introduction. Maybe you can guess the others?
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There’s the apple for the teacher, complete with bookworm.
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William Tell’s apple …
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Sleeping Beauty’s poison apple …
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Newton’s apple (which I wish Durand had suspended halfway to the ground) …
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Johnny Appleseed’s apple with seeds exposed …
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And for our downstate friends, The Big Apple.
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Durand also worked in anatomically correct details of different life stages including flowers …
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And immature fruit …
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Watching Durand and his competent crew at work was a lot of fun. Durand cut away the transport frame …
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The crew manuvered the arch into place …
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And added finishing touches.
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Even the ground plate has artsy details.
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There’s lots of bench space at Minns Garden. Stop by and enjoy the flowers, the trees and Durand’s gates.
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9 thoughts on “7 apples: New garden art by Durand Van Doren”

  1. I left early yesterday for Roch going in the other direction so I missed it! I love those arches, and now this one, too. Can’t wait to see it up close.

  2. I’ve always loved gates. The look, the opening and the going through and closing behind. So many wonderful details to take in. Just beautiful.

  3. I just came across your website. I must say, I love the gate! But when I scrolled down and saw Durand Van Doren’s applied label…it just about took my breath away! So seldom do I see “Apple Gate”! What a woderful work of art. I hope one day to make it to your city to see it for myself!
    Sincerely,
    Avery Ann Applegate

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