Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture
Atlanta Botanical Garden green sculpture – one of the main local attractions. Founded in 1976, the garden covers an area of 12 hectares, being located in the central part of the city and neighbor of Piedmont Park. Visitors can not only admire the rich collection of plants, but also exhibitions that are held periodically. For example, in 2004 there was an exhibition of works of glass, which for eight months had been visited by 425,000 people. And in 2013 took place an impressive green sculpture exhibition «Imaginary Worlds».
The largest green sculpture of the exhibition «Imaginary Worlds» – Goddess of the Earth, which has become, along with several other sculptures, permanent decoration of Atlanta Botanical Garden. The 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibits include monumental sculptures, each created from thousands of groomed annuals growing within an invisible metal armature. Visitors encounter a grazing unicorn, a pair of gigantic cobras, a friendly ogre and many more.
Topiary – patterned or fictional figure of the landscape. The English word «topiary» comes from the ancient Greek word meaning ‘place’. The process of creating these sculptures is a long-term, very laborious and time-consuming, year after year. The smallest period for the creating a small animalistic figures can take up to 6-7 years. First, to help stimulate fertilizing activate growth, the second year – formation of skeletal branches, and only five years later appears a vague silhouette. To get geometric shapes is a simple task, but it also requires patience and expertise.
A new milestone in the development of topiary art has happened in North America. It is here to create a sculpture for the first time applied the green wire frame. Metal structures for topiary can achieve extreme subtlety and elegance in the details. It is thanks to a frame made of wire modern masters of garden businesses can use plants which previously did not fit. The topiary artists embody new ideas and decorative forms, and amateur gardeners who do not have special skills, are able to create their own fancy green figures.