Poppie and I drove up to Atlanta to visit my sister Diane over the weekend of October 19. While there, we saw the Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
This was the “first major exhibition of its kind to be shown in the United States” by the International Mosaiculture of Montreal which was created in 1998 to launch a mosaiculture competition “in 2000 with the City of Montreal to promote gardening and horticulture as an expression of new millennium values.” Each piece is a living sculpture made of “more than 35,000 pounds of steel … covered with a special fabric containing planting pockets for plugging in thousands of tiny plants.” After growing for several months, they were shipped to Atlanta with 15 temperature controlled tractor-trailers over a three-week period. Once in Atlanta, cranes and smaller equipment were used to unload and place the 19 living sculptures on footings throughout the garden.
Imaginary Worlds will be on exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden through the end of October.
My photos aren’t the best because it was cold and raining while we were there. At one point, the auto focus on my camera quit working, I suppose from the cold and moisture. The only Imaginary World sculpture I didn’t seem to photograph was the Ogre. Either I didn’t see it, wasn’t impressed or I was visually overwhelmed. The latter is probably the most likely because the garden map shows its placement as being at the exit of the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600 foot long suspension walkway through the treetops of Storza Woods at an elevation of 40 feet. As you look at these photos, keep in mind that the sculptures were huge.
I was just as interested in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s own exhibits, many of which demonstrated how to use and create contrast with regular plants from your local nursery. I will post some of those photographs next time.