Atlanta Botanical Garden - Through the Looking Glass

Alice’s Wonderland sculptures, glass botanicals showcased

By Atlanta Botanical Garden February 24, 2020

A new cast of giant plant sculptures based on the characters of Alice in Wonderland blooms at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this spring along with a glimmering collection of plant-themed glass art.

Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined features a return of some of the enormous topiary-like sculptures presented in 2019’s Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland joined by several new sculptures. In addition to a towering White Rabbit and sprawling chessboard with Cheshire Cat perched nearby, look for a 16-foot Red Queen playing croquet and an all-new 14-foot Alice rotating in the Howell Fountain pool as she plummets down the “rabbit hole”.

The sculptures are created through the centuries-old art of mosaiculture in which steel forms are covered in fabric, filled with soil and planted with thousands of living plants to form a colorful carpet.

The Garden first introduced guests to the art in 2013 when it presented the United States’ first major exhibition of mosaiculture produced by International Mosaiculture Montreal®, a nonprofit group that has staged wildly successful displays of its work around the world.

In addition to this spring’s temporary exhibition, guests will be greeted by two permanent sculptures that are legacies from previous shows – the iconic Earth Goddess and the lovable Shaggy Dog.

Complementing the exhibition is Glass Art by Jason Gamrath, featuring 13 installations of about 150 pieces of contemporary glass – all representing blooming plants sculpted in large scale. Of those, 35 are new sculptures created exclusively for the exhibition. Displayed throughout the Garden will be brightly colored sculptures with metal accents of pitcher plants, aloes, lotuses and more.

The Seattle-based master glass artist is known for his colorful takes on nature. “The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature,” said Gamrath, whose career has been inspired by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. “When I scale life forms up to be larger than a person, they can be observed with this perspective from across a room due to the overwhelming physical presence they command.”

Through the Looking Glass: Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined and Glass Art by Jason Gamrath will be presented jointly on May 9 through November 1.

Visitors may enjoy both exhibitions of sculptures dramatically lit at night on Thursdays during Cocktails in the Garden from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.  They can be reached by phone at (404) 876-5859. Follow the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden hours are March 10 - October on Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. And from November - March 9 on Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. *Hours may vary due to special events.

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