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Catherine Winter-Hébert

Providence's Hummingbird Palace Will be Blooming Gorgeously for Years

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Blending modern sculpture with the beauty of the natural world, The Hummingbird Palace is a large outdoor installation created by Esther Solondz that will evolve and change over time. Thin welded steel rods and translucent threads form the main structure of the 15-foot-tall piece, giving it the appearance of spun sugar. After the frame was built, flowering perennials and annuals were planted along its base, as well as around its boundary fence. Since the sculpture is built to look like a giant lattice, it’s a perfect support structure for flowering vines to grow and twine through. All the vines chosen attract various species of hummingbirds, so the piece not only becomes a living piece of art; it also provides a vital habitat for these little flying wonders. The Hummingbird Palace will be left to evolve indefinitely, so visitors can enjoy its ever-changing nature for years to come.

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