IMAGINARY WORLDS AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

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.

One of the butterflies
One of the butterflies
Unicorn
Unicorn
ABG IW Shaggy Dog-1918
Shaggy Dog
Earth Goddess close-up
Earth Goddess close-up
Earth Goddess from a distance to show her 25 foot height
Earth Goddess from a distance to show her 25 foot height
I think there were 2 Cobras
I think there were 2 Cobras
Dancing Fish
Dancing Fish
Two rabbits among 'White Cloud' Muhly Grass
Two rabbits among ‘White Cloud’ Muhly Grass
I think there were three of these in the Edible Garden
I think there were three of these in the Edible Garden

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.

22 thoughts on “IMAGINARY WORLDS AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN”

  1. How cool! Thanks for letting us know about this – I’ll pass it on to my friend who lives in Atlanta. Maybe they can check it out before it closes.

  2. Oh, my goodness! These are fabulous! I am so glad you got the photo of the Earth Goddess at a distance. It really does show her size! The dancing fish are my favorite, but they are all amazing. What a fun exhibit!

  3. What a sight to see! I like the unicorn (butterflies sparkles pink/purple, you know what I mean). I love to go to botanical gardens. When we travel, I always find info on what is in the area. I’ve seen some beauties!! What fun!
    BB

  4. Linda – I was unable to read the entire post… I just looked at the pictures. (ha ha) What a wonderful adventure, I would love to go see this for myself. Since that isn’t possible, thank you for taking me along with all your great photos. Thank you. 🙂 xok

  5. Stunning! Staggering, even. You did a fantastic presentation.

    Like you, I like demonstrations of using regular plants in unusual ways.

  6. Well I’m glad you and Poppie made the trip and really glad you photographed the gardens. The Goddess gets my favorite vote–love the contrasting colors in her hair. Thanks for the blog Jones!

  7. I will be truly impressed if you make a second trip to Hot’Lanta in the spring. It has taken five or six years to get you up here since your last visit.

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