Mark di Suvero Sculpture Exhibition Set for Art Basel Opening

Friday, December 5, 2008


Mark di Suvero Sculpture Exhibition Set for Art Basel Opening

at FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden

 Massive Olompali Sculpture Makes International Debut 

Mark di Suvero at Fairchild

December 6, 2008 through May 31, 2009

Miami, FL - Renowned artist Mark di Suvero‘s enormous steel sculptures will soon rise over Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden‘s world famous flowering trees and vines, lush rainforest and bustling butterfly garden. Fairchild will open Mark di Suvero at Fairchild, an outdoor exhibition of five massive sculptures including the never before exhibited Olompali, during the famed international art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition will be on view at Fairchild, South Florida‘s oldest cultural institution and the world‘s leading tropical botanic garden, from December 6, 2008 through May 31, 2009, at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, Fla. The sculptures in the exhibition are on loan from the Mark di Suvero Collection.

 The five pieces being displayed among Fairchild‘s garden landscapes are: Olompali (2006), a 30-foot sculpture making its international debut at Fairchild before being shipped to China where it will be permanently located at the US Embassy in Beijing; Gnarly (2008), a 27-foot sculpture of twisting, turning steel; the bright red Rust Angel(1995), made from a single plate of steel; Neruda‘s Gate (2005), 26 feet high; and She (1977-78), an interactive piece measuring 52 feet wide.With its wooden swinging bed, She is an example of di Suvero‘s desire to make touchable and accessible art with which people can interact. His sculptures were created with diverse spaces to engage the observer with changing dimensions as they approach it and move through it.

"Mark di Suvero is an incredibly accomplished artist and we are thrilled to bring his work to South Florida," said Bruce Greer, Fairchild‘s board of trustees‘ president. "Fairchild‘s unique landscape will provide the perfect backdrop to truly reveal these massive structures‘ complexity and scale." 

Di Suvero was the first living artist to have his work shown in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris in 1975, and the first artist to have three major exhibitions at the Storm King Art Center in New York. His distinct, bold pieces can now be found all over the world. Di Suvero is a past recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center, and he received the 2005 Heinz Award for the Arts & Humanities for his commitment to aspiring artists.

 Mark di Suvero at Fairchild is part of an annual exhibition series that support the garden‘s conservation work and educational outreach programs.  Fairchild houses the largest palm collection in the USA and internationally important collections of rare tropical fruit and cycads. The garden maintains an international conservation program, which works with more than 20 countries around the world to preserve some of the world‘s rarest species and tropical habitats.  Fairchild‘s major art events have included large-scale exhibitions by world-renowned artists such as Fernando Botero, Roy Lichtenstein and Dale Chihuly.

 "Historically, art and nature have always been linked, and people who enjoy one generally enjoy the other," said Greer. "Our goal is to provide visitors with a complete cultural experience in which they enjoy world-class art and one of the world‘s greatest living collections of tropical plants, while learning about the importance of plant conservation."

 The Mark di Suvero exhibition is generously funded by the Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation.

 For more information about Mark di Suvero at Fairchild or Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, please visit or call 305-667-1651.


About Fairchild

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 30,000 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 Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild last year and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Day 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 and on Facebook at



 Mark di Suvero at Fairchild:

When: December 6, 2008 - May 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 so that visitors can enjoy Mark di Suvero‘s monumental sculptures illuminated with special lighting effects.  Live entertainment will be featured weekly, and food and beverages will be available. 

When: Starting January 1, 2009 on Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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