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Nestled among the 18 acres of tropical foliage that comprises McKee Botanical Garden is a new collection of specimens of a very unnatural variety. Fräbel REIMAGINED features the latest creations by world-renowned flamework glass artist Hans Godo Fräbel and is on exhibit now through April 30, 2013.

Fräbel REIMAGINED is the dynamic sequel to Fräbel’s Reflections of Glass on Water which delighted over 32,000 visitors during its 2008 debut at McKee. His newest compilation features more than 200 pieces and combines iconic Fräbel concepts -- many of which have been modernized in design, color, or composition -- with a wide variety of never-before-seen pieces created especially for the McKee exhibit. The whimsical collection captures the artist’s fondness for both nature and theater, translating into pieces that range from abstract expressions to realistic likenesses, all meticulously positioned throughout the Garden’s paths and waterways. Each sculpture is crafted from boron crystal that has been flameworked to yield a high level of detail not found in traditional Furnace glass art. Fräbel began working with flamework glass in the 1960’s and is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of this art medium.

"We are very excited to work once again with McKee Botanical Garden on a great exhibition,” states Mr. Fräbel. “My team and I have worked hard over the last year to create new sculptures and installations especially for this show.” Fräbel adds, “Several sculptures and installations are making their worldwide debut at McKee, they are: ‘Cycling Longfellows,’ ‘Clowning Around,’ ‘Harlequin LightPlay,’ ‘Abstract Butterflies,’ ‘Dice Games,’ ‘Blue Calla Flare,’ ‘Ancient Warriors,’ ‘Large Birds’ and ‘Wavy Bowls with Clowns.’  Other sculptures and installations that have been on display at other venues but are new for McKee are: 'Fräbel Chandelier,’ ‘Fantasy Flowers,’ ‘Clear and Sand Blasted Botanicals,’ ‘Longfellow Gravity,’ ‘Tower’ and ‘Masks.’”

Throughout the season McKee will be hosting a number of events in conjunction with the exhibition. Fräbel by Twilight will offer visitors three opportunities to see the sculptures dramatically illuminated against the backdrop of a moonlit sky. The Fräbel Gala scheduled for February 23 will be a lively evening of fine food, art and entertainment including a flameworking demonstration by the Fräbel Studio. Additionally, the Garden gift shop will have a selection of Fräbel ornaments and glass figurines available for purchase.

Hans Godo Fräbel is one of the world’s most famous flamework glass artists. He founded the Fräbel Glass Art Studio (www.Fräbel.com) in Atlanta in 1968 which is widely considered to be the first glass art studio completely dedicated to creating glass art sculptures out of boron crystal. Fräbel’s art pieces can be found in public and private collections in over 80 countries worldwide. Museums that have hosted Fräbel art include the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Eibu Museum of Art to name a few.

Fräbel REIMAGINED is sponsored by Bob and Connie Wood, Bill and Mary Ann Becker, Mrs. Herman F. Becker, Dr. and Mrs. William W. Blackburn, Bill and Laura Buck, Costa D’Este, Stephanie Hurtt, Nat Jackson, Bob and Gail Malin, Dr. and Mrs. David J. McKenna, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Robert and Heidi Stott, Wilmington Trust, Windsor and Mrs. Robert W. Wolcott.



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