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PHOTOS: Manolo Valdés’ Dramatic Metal Head Sculptures Take Over the New York Botanical Garden

Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 24, 2012 @ 1:10 pm In Art NYC,Bronx | No Comments



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Visitors to the New York Botanical Garden can now enjoy the outdoor space as a sculpture park in addition to the center’s plantlife from all over the world and seasonal zombie pumpkins [8]. Valdés erected his seven sculptures, some spanning over 50 feet wide, at the NYBG in a collaboration with Marlborough Gallery [9]. Made from bronze, cor-ten steel and aluminum, the forms will reflect the surrounding flora to change looks with the seasons.

Each sculpture portrays the head of a figure, surrounded with a sweeping headdress. One sculpture features swirls of cor-ten shapes unfolding from the figure’s temples. Silver butterfly shapes float out of the crown of another head on the lawn, while silver fern shapes envelope a featureless face nearby.

As the seasons change, the sculptures will infuse themselves with the groundwork of the garden [10], mirroring their surroundings as green leaves change to red and yellow, and again when ice and snow set in.

+ New York Botanical Garden [6]

Images ©Lori Zimmer [11] for Inhabitat


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[6] New York Botanical Garden: http://www.nybg.org/visit/exhibitions.php

[7] open-air sculpture park: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/storm-king-art-center-a-summer-retreat-for-the-artsy-nature-loving-new-yorker/

[8] zombie pumpkins: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/ray-villafane-unleashes-an-army-of-ghastly-zombie-pumpkins-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden/

[9] Marlborough Gallery: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-stray-light-grey-is-a-bizarre-adventure-through-an-abandoned-world-in-manhattan/

[10] sculptures will infuse themselves with the groundwork of the garden: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/farmacy-edible-vertical-farms-come-to-long-island-citys-socrates-sculpture-park/

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