ART AT FAIRCHILD: A MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE GARDEN

Sunday, May 10, 2009

ART AT FAIRCHILD: A MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE GARDEN

EXHIBITION EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 2009 

Coral Gables, FL- May 11, 2009 — Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden proudly announces the extension of Art at Fairchild: A Monumental Sculpture Garden, now on display through December 31, 2009 at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, FL. The exhibition showcases the massive steel sculptures of American artist Mark di Suvero, as well as works by artists Kris Martin, Daisy Youngblood and Dale Chihuly. 

 “The tremendous community response to this year’s art exhibition at Fairchild prompted the show’s extension,” said Bruce Greer, Fairchild’s president of the board of trustees. “The mix of artists is drawing people back multiple times, and we want to ensure South Floridians and visitors alike can experience this collection.”

 By day and night, guests can enjoy five towering and interactive steel sculptures by renowned artist Mark di Suvero among Fairchild’s world famous flowering trees and vines, lush rainforest and bustling butterfly garden.  The garden provides a stunning backdrop for these pieces, which includes di Suvero‘s never before exhibited Olompali.

 Dale Chihuly’s colorful glass sculptures also remain on display throughout the garden, and include the End of the Day Tower (2005), Copper Frog Foot Ikebana Stem and Lapis Blue Split Bud (2008), and Cobalt Herons (2005). Daisy Youngblood‘s Standing Gorilla (2002) is also on display, having found a permanent home at Fairchild after gaining popularity during previous exhibitions at the garden.

 Kris Martin‘s For Whom…(2007) is a 20 foot high, nearly four ton sculpture on loan from Adrienne Arsht. On display in Fairchild‘s Palmetum, the pendulum-free bell is installed on a towering steel frame, and is driven by a soundless magnetic motor. 

 Since the 1930s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has emphasized the expansion of plant knowledge through publications, education programs, and research. In recent years, Fairchild botanical and environmental research programs have been funded by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and many others. Today, Fairchild is the region‘s leading source of environmental, horticultural and botanical education, with more than 150 courses offered annually, along with a wide range of community outreach programs. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1981, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an active member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the Center for Plant Conservation, the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, and many other botanical, horticultural and conservation organizations. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is also a leading regional cultural institution and favorite visitor destination for both tourists and local residents.

 For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.fairchildgarden.org, or call 305-667-1651.

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 Art at Fairchild: A Monumental Sculpture Garden

When: Now – December 31, 2009, daily from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Day Admission: $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

  •  Thursday Nights at Fairchild: Fairchild will remain open on Thursday evenings through May 28, 2009 so that visitors can enjoy monumental sculptures by Mark di Suvero, Dale Chihuly, Daisy Youngblood and Kris Martin illuminated with special lighting effects.  

When: Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Night Admission: $10 for Fairchild members, $5 for member children 6-17; $15 for non-members, $8 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 50,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Mark di Suvero Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild this year, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2008 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairchild-Tropical-Botanic-Garden/21557931711.

  

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