Thursday, September 19, 2013

Imaginary Worlds, or, 13 Reasons to go to the Botanical Gardens Now

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I know you're all waiting on London pictures, but this post has been in the queue for a while. If I don't get it out now, you won't have time to go see ...

Imaginary Worlds is the current exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, now through October. As if the Garden wasn't fabulous enough during Summer, you get the added bonus of seeing these intriguing large floral sculptures and learning about mosaiculture. This is the first time mosaiculture has been exhibited in the United States on this scale!

1. Butterflies
I took these pictures the week after the exhibition opened, so they have filled in a bit since then.

2. Unicorn!
Love the hair!

3. It's so FLUFFY!!
He almost looks real, but this guy is actually about 6 feet (2 m) tall.

4. More fabulous hair
One of my favorite sculptures is the Earth spirit. I found out last time we went that someone had donated her, so she'll be staying after the rest of the exhibition is taken down. Hooray!! You can see they've left room for her hair to "grow in". She really looks wonderful by the Cascade Garden...this area wasn't very well planted before, in our opinion, so she is a very welcome addition.

5. Get up close and personal with an ogre

6 & 7. Keep your distance
I would not want to get up close and personal with these guys, but they sure look great from afar. They actually do look great up close, too.

8 - 10. Fruit salad
These three cheerful guys were out in the open early in the season. They are now nearly covered up with papaya trees and other food sources! (They're located in the edible garden area near the outdoor kitchen.)

11. Punk rock frogs
And this little guy, located inside the Day Center has grown so much "hair" he looks like a punk rocker! Unfortunately, I completely forgot my camera last time we went, so I can't show you. This is what he looked like at the beginning of the season. I'll take pictures next time we go, not to worry!

12. Sushi ballet
These fish are spinning in the fountain area.

13. Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!
These guys are really hiding in some tall grass now. I'm glad I got to see them when they were a little less shy. =)

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden soon! If you go in October, you'll also get to see Scarecrows in the Garden.


cucki said...

So pretty..
I love the lady so much...
Big hugs x

duClay Chapter of EGA said...

What a delightful exhibit! I'm so glad a piece of it is going to remain.

Chris said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

♥ Nia said...

Wow! Such an amazing place :D Thanks for sharing these pictures with us :)
I love number 1 and 4! But all are really fantastic to watch :D

woolwoman said...

just a magnificent exhibit - so cool- thanks for sharing. Love your progress on Toccato I - Enjoy your weekend - Mel

Karoline said...

They look stunning, great photos

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Nic said...

Truely amazing. Thanks for sharing

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