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December 15, 2011 - April 30, 2012

In the ten years since its historic restoration and re-opening, McKee Botanical Garden has become known for launching some of the nation’s most talked-about outdoor exhibits. Visitors have been dwarfed by thirty life-size, realistic dinosaurs from sculptor Guy Darrough’s Lost World Studios; dazzled by dozens of glass sprites created by renowned Fräbel Studios; and - most recently - charmed by whimsical, mischievous Dr. Seuss characters crafted by artist Leo Rijn. Opening December 15, the Garden will surpass all these benchmarks with a dynamic tenth anniversary exhibition of more than thirty large-scale sculptures depicting the relationship between art and nature that showcases the talents of more than 18 independent artists worldwide.

Sculpting Nature will feature pieces as tall as fifteen feet; as long as seventeen feet; shapes molded from aluminum, bronze and glass; and artwork designed to float in the ponds or simulate flying through the air. From literal interpretations of majestic birds nestled in their natural surroundings, to more nuanced hints at the music and movement to be found outdoors, this diverse collection created in a variety of mediums harmoniously captures key elements of the natural world. Participating artists span the globe from right here in Vero Beach and other areas of Florida to as far away as Prague. Many have been recognized in sculpture competitions throughout the country and currently have artwork featured in museums, galleries and public and private collections coast to coast.

Sculpting Nature, an independently-curated exhibit shown exclusively at McKee Botanical Garden, can be viewed during normal business hours December 15 through April 30.

Sculpting Nature is sponsored by the “AT&T Real Yellow Pages,” Bill and Mary Ann Becker, Bill and Laura Buck, Dr. and Mrs. David J. McKenna, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Pat and Carol Welsh and Mrs. Margaret Wolcott.


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