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Patrick Dougherty: Childhood Dreams
Feb 1, 2007 - Aug 20, 2008
World-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty transformed hundreds of willow branches into magnificent whirling, animated sculptures on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. The environmental sculpture installations were interactive and designed to ignite a childlike imagination in each viewer.
This exhibition featured life-size bronze sculptures throughout the Garden by one of Spain’s foremost living contemporary artists, Manolo Valdés. Valdés’ work is exhibited around the world, and Desert Botanical Garden was the premiere West Coast venue for his monumental sculpture.
Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition is traveling straight from Milan to bring Wild Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. Visitors of all ages will be drawn to engage these vibrant creatures and to discover that plastic does not have to end up in landfills, but it can be reinvented into something eye catching and thought provoking.
Join the conversation of Wild Rising by Cracking Art with Elephant in the Room, a thought-provoking installation in Ottosen Gallery that invites visitors to dig into rotating worldly topics and commit to reducing human impact on the natural world. The interactive exhibit will feature topics related to biodiversity and climate change, including environmental happiness, cactus as a threatened species and the culture of convenience.
Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Learn more about the butterfly life cycle in the caterpillar nursery, and see butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.