Four Seasons Artwork

I recently got back from a trip to Costa Rica where I stayed at the absolutely, beyond gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel Peninsula Papagayo.    Of course, being the blogger who obsesses over crafts, DIY, Macgyver-meets-Michaels and anything else crafty, it’s starting to make sense why I only have pictures of ceilings, fabrics, artwork, plants and local crafts.   My travel companion has her camera full of shots of the delicious food we ate, the gorgeous villa we stayed in, the lush gardens that surround the hotel…. and me?   A piece of bamboo sticking out of the ceiling.

But I digress.   Today’s post is on the brilliant shadowbox artwork in the Four Seasons lobby featuring—what else?—Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Pieces of dried coral dot the inside of the linen covered shadowbox…. and my guess is that this represents Winter as clusters of snowflakes falling down (although no snow will ever fall in Costa Rica where it’s pretty much 87 degrees all year round).

I’m going to guess this is Summer.   I’m not sure why… but I think bits of shellfish to many of us represent summer BBQ’s or visits to the beach?

Do the little limbs, ligaments, claws and shell inspire you or freak you out a bit?     I love it…because it uses what’s indigenous to the country to make these pretty pieces of art.

Okay, could these dried leaves represent Spring or Fall?

This has to be Fall, right?    Where I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Fall leaves are bright colors that load up the forests with hues of red, gold and orange.

These local feathers surely must be homage to Fall?

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  1. Tee says:

    Beautiful textures and arrangements – didn’t know there was this artwork at the hotel – thanks for the update!

    Cheers, Tee

    Tee is senior editor of Costa Rica Magazine and Love In the Wild Fans Magazine set in Costa Rica

  2. unanomous says:

    hi danny. love your blog and am a constant follower. but didn’t you blog about these artworks a year ago?

  3. This is a very nice idea. Although I usually find things with pieces of shellfish glued around them not quite charming, I like the summer picture very much. Maybe it is because of the lighting.