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Walk Beneath Towering Natural Sculptures At Morton Arboretum’s ‘Human+Nature’ Exhibition

The colossal leafy sculptures will reside at the Morton Arboretum for at least one year.

Elliot McGowan Elliot McGowan

Walk Beneath Towering Natural Sculptures At Morton Arboretum’s ‘Human+Nature’ Exhibition

The Arboretum’s new exhibition highlights the deep roots between humans and trees.

The Morton Arboretum has finally unveiled its massive new arbor-inspired exhibition entitled Human + Nature, which features five massive natural sculptures from renowned South African artist, Daniel Popper.

Previously planned to open on April 9, 2021, the Arboretum was forced to postpone its original opening date due to pandemic-related shipping delays holding up the arrival of exhibition materials. The Morton Arboretum then eventually opened on Friday, May 28, and announced that the colossal sculptures will remain there for at least one year.

When it comes to exhibitions at the 1,700-acre tree museum and research center, they don’t take small measures, they go big. Whether it’s harboring giant trolls, or opening a once-acre maze garden with 12-foot hedges, the Arboretum goes all out on their exhibits to augment their natural conservationist message.

A walk beneath the gigantic Mother Nature figure that now welcomes Arboretum visitors and you’ll see that’s no exaggeration.

The Arboretum has again emphasized its message in extraordinary fashion with a larger-than-life Human + Nature exhibit featuring 20-25-foot art installations from the internationally-renowned artist, Daniel Popper.

“Built to create a sense of awe and wonder, five massive sculptures will be featured with the backdrop of the Arboretum’s magnificent and mature tree collections,” the Arboretum wrote on their website. “Each grand in size and appearance (20-25 feet tall), the sculptures are crafted especially for Arboretum visitors.”

The art installations have been built and designed by Daniel Popper. Popper is a globally-known multi-disciplinary artist whose oeuvre consists of spectacular mega-installations that have featured prominently at hit music festivals such as Electric Forest, Burning Man, Boom Festival in Portugal, and Afrikaburn in the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa.

Human + Nature features similar pieces: “The installations will include a towering interpretation of a Mother Nature figure welcoming Arboretum visitors to interact by walking inside the sculpture, large-scale human hands, diverse human facial traits interwoven with root structures, and a symbolic opening of the human heart.”

In addition to using living plants in his installations, Popper also incorporates electronic music, projection mapping, and intricate LED lighting — the latter featured in his Nelson Mandela Tree of Wisdom sculpture that can be found at the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Tickets need to be reserved in advance to help keep track of timed-entry passes and moderate attendance numbers but the Human+Nature exhibit does not cost anything more than the general Arboretum admission fee. Head to the Morton Arboretum website to learn more and book a timed entry.

[Featured image via the Morton Arboretum]

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