Monday, August 26, 2013

Marvelous Mosaics at the Blue Iguana in Ojai

For a relaxing break, Ojai was a great destination, as well as a wonderful place to indulge my passion for inspiraitonal garden art.

Iggy' the Blue Iguana's fountain welcomed us to the Blue Iguana in Ojai, just a quick 15-20 minute drive from Ventura where our son and his girlfriend live.  (No freeway traffic on this route making for a lovely drive from the foggy coast into the golden hills we remember from our childhoods, with a 20-30 degree rise in temperatures by the time we arrive at our inland destination. ) The Blue Iguana Inn was designed and built by renowned Ojai architect Marc Whitman. It was designed in old-mission style architecture, reminiscent of old California and Mexico with arched entrances, terra cotta curved roofing and rugged outpost railings. Flagstone paths marked with intricate stone mosaics and hand-made Mediterranean tiles accent the landscape of this charming Ojai Inn.

 As we approached our room, we encountered elaborate mosaics of pebbles.

The hot tub is guarded by a mosaic iguana winding it's way up from the pool below.


A trip into town reveals mosaic tile enhancing buildings and walkways throughout the town.

One of many lovely fountains in town feature water spouting from the center of a bronze poppy in the Arcade Plaza.

I just had to stop and take a shot of this darling cottage in town with a bear resting in the front yard. 

An advertisement for the upcoming Ojai Art Festival to tempt you back for another visit in November.   The Ojai Art Festival is holding an international juried show of art created from trash. DISCARTED asks artists to work with trash, discarded objects and materials to raise questions and ideas, aesthetic and moral, about the life of the planet our wasteful society threatens.  Sounds intriguing... 

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