Giant sculptures return to Atlanta Botanical Garden on May 5

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THE GIANT TOPIARY EXHIBITION Imaginary Worlds returns May 5 to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with an all-new menagerie of living plant sculptures. The show runs through Oct. 28 and can be seen at both the Midtown and Gainesville locations.

Photos: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Photos: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Imaginary Worlds first lumbered into the Garden in 2013/14, returning now by popular demand and mostly with creations that have never been seen before. The sculptures, which will be seen inside and out, are mostly custom-made and come from  the nonprofit International Mosaiculture of Montreal.

The  sculptures — steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants — will be staged in 14 installations. In Midtown, look for a giant phoenix towering over the Alston Overlook, as a mermaid lounging beside Howell Fountain, a massive dragon and sleeping princess near the Great Lawn, a peacock inside the Fuqua Orchid Center, and three camels making their way through the Skyline Garden. The Gainesville landscape, meanwhile, will see such characters as a friendly ogre, panda bears and frolicking frogs.

The process began taking root about six months ago when conceptual drawings were done in Montreal, metal frames were fabricated and plant palettes were chosen. The empty frames were shipped to Atlanta in January, where the Garden’s horticulturists began covering them with a mesh fabric and stuffing them with soil. More than 200,000 plants, mostly annuals, were inserted one by one. The sculptures were built in sections and planted inside a greenhouse outside the city, then trucked to the Garden when the weather warmed for assembly. 

The exhibit is free with Garden admission ($21.95; $15.95 ages 3-12; under 3 and Garden members free in Midtown). From May through October, the Garden is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; and 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday featuring illuminated sculptures and Cocktails in the Garden. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.876.5859.

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ATLANTA FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC SPACES CELEBRATES THE 5th ANNUAL CALLANWOLDE ARTS FESTIVAL

Join the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS) on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21, 2018, as they celebrate the fifth annual Callanwolde Arts Festival. The award-winning, two-day indoor festival is located in one of Atlanta’s most distinctive historic properties, the 27,000-square foot Callanwolde Mansion in Druid Hills, and features approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more.  The festival, which is open to all ages, will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, food trucks with healthy alternatives, and live music and dance performances. Admission is $5 at the door.

Art lovers are also invited to take advantage of the ticketed V.I.P. Preview Sales Party on Friday, January 19th from 6 to 9 p.m.  Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a glass of wine to sip on as they stroll throughout the historic home and will be the first to view and shop the artwork showcased at this year’s festival.  Guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they mix and mingle with the artists and enjoy live acoustic music.  Admission to the V.I.P. Preview Sales Party is $20 and is open to all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door.  For more information visit http://callanwoldeartsfestival.com.   

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Sunday Funday at Wynwood with #thePageofAlex

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and/or any day of the week is always a funday at Wynwood Walls. I have been a number of times but this was my first time visiting the ever-changing mural art destination with my partner Alex Page (a.k.a.) thePageofAlex. Wynwood serves as the perfect backdrop to photos and selfies - something we took advantage of. You can really make a day of it at Wynwood, as did we, with their wide selection of markets, trendy dining and curated showrooms and boutiques - all that will cool you down from the hot Miami sun! Make sure you add Wynwood Walls to your travel agenda next time you're in Miami and have an artful day!

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U T O P I A: Roche Bobois Atlanta x Mimi Plange x Horizons Atlanta

Roche Bobois, luxury furniture editor, and Mimi Plange, award-winning fashion designer, have joined together to present their artistic collaboration - “UTOPIA” -a large exhibition of Roche Bobois’ iconic Mah Jong sofa, as well as wall coverings and accessories, produced exclusively for the special event.

The one-of-a-kind pieces, upholstered with custom Mimi Plange fabrics and leathers, will be sold with proceeds benefiting Horizons Atlanta. Horizons is Atlanta’s leading advocate and provider of summer learning programs with plans to expand over the next several years with a suite of programs serving 2000 metro Atlanta students. 

Roche Bobois will offer a “Pop Up Shop” of fashion and home accessories designed by Plange, which will showcase a modern interpretation of ancient African design traditions. Pulling heavily from her own Ghanaian heritage, Plange will showcase a painted version of the iconic Kente Cloth, surreal animal pop art collages, and her own army of pastel Ashanti Dolls. For the highly anticipated collaboration, Plange partnered with the Ethical Fashion Initiative,a program of a UN agency called ITC that connects the fashion industry with artisans in Africa and Haiti.

With the belief that Culture, Art and Design share the same philosophy and inspiration, Roche Bobois is also pleased to lend their support to such an important fundraising event for a perfect cohesion of fashion and design. “UTOPIA” is set to receive a large array of attention on both a local and national level; all ticket sales and items sold during the event will support Horizons Atlanta.

UTOPIA is on September 22nd at Ponce City Market. TICKETS

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