Atlanta Botanical Garden

Art at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Tijana at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden – there I was! After more than a year of staying at home, I finally ventured to see some marvelous art. Without a doubt, the Botanical Garden is one of the best combinations of art seamlessly blended into an immersive nature experience. While a jazz band played captivating melodies, I basked in a warm and pleasant evening. I recommend coming right before sunset to experience gardens in its golden hour glory.

Atlanta Botanical Garden – SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion

SUPERnatural: aerial art is suspended by a skynet between the trees at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Aerial Art in Motion is a custom-built “Skynet” billowing in the air like a flock of multi-colored birds above Storza Woods. Meanwhile, the over-scale glass floral sculptures blossom throughout the gardens.

The Skynet, called “Dream Flora,” is an experiential aerial sculpture by Patrick Shearn of Los Angeles-based Poetic Kinetics. They are known for their large-scale works of public art.

A dreamy walk through the Atlanta Botanical Garden while the aerial sculpture fluttered above.
The aerial art compliments the organic nature of the flowers below.
Aerial art in motion by poetic kinetics is like walking through a dream.

As I leisurely walked through the gardens, the wind would occasionally pick up and create a dance-like effect on the kinetic sculpture. The whole ecosystem of nature, art, and music was completely enchanting.

Atlanta Botanical Garden – Glass Art in Bloom

Also at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, there was a contemporary glass art exhibition with oversized blossoms by Seattle artist Jason Gamrath. At the time, I was puzzled about having these big glass blossoms in the Botanical garden. I was wondering about the exhibition until I read the poignant artist’s statement.

Jason B. Gamrath's glass flower sculptures in Atlanta Botanical Garden
Jason B. Gamrath’s sculpture.

The most beautiful, extravagant man-made object could never creatively equal the simplest and smallest naturally occurring life form. The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature.

Jason B. Gamrath
Glass orchid sculpture by Jason B. Gamrath in Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Jason B. Gamrath’s sculpture at Botanical Graden.

Artist Statement by Jason Gamrath

Through the rigors of day-to-day life in an urban setting, I find it all too easy to overlook the natural beauty that has ultimately birthed us as a species. Small plants, although minuscule in comparison to our human-sized way of existing, are overwhelmingly perplexing when held inches away from one’s face.

The vast majority of people will seldom grasp this seemingly secret perception of existence. When I scale life forms up to be larger than a person, they can be observed with this perspective from across a room due to the overwhelming physical presence they command.

It is my hope that when people admire my large-scale renderings, they become curious and captivated by the hints of realism I incorporate into my designs. I encourage people to attempt to observe with the same eyes through which I humbly and graciously experience our natural world. 

Massive water lily sculptures rest on the water at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Massive water lilies rest gently upon the water at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden – The Other Small Treasures

Although the large structures commanded my attention, I enjoyed the many little moments too. Looking up through the canopy. Finding a small sculpture, depicting the pure joy of the child. Delighting in little banana trees, beautiful orchids, and more. There is something so lovely about finding a cactus garden, then looking at the Atlanta skyline. What a perfect day!

Gazing through the canopy at Atlanta Botanical Garden

A delicate and delightful garden ecosystem

Wall art at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Banana trees line the path through the exquisite Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Little banana trees!

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.

– Claude Monet
Rare native flowers of Georgia. Botanical garden.
Rare native flowers of Georgia.