Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition features large-scale living sculptures created by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz of Waterlily Pond Studio. Using florals and plant materials as the medium and desert elements as the inspiration, Wind, Earth and Water are three intricate installations that guests will experience at the Garden for only a few weeks. Exhibit included with admission.
Wind: Jan. 19 – March 28
Water: Feb. 23 – March 28
Earth: April 3-25
Wind is inspired by the tumultuous wind and dust storms that move across the desert landscape. Measuring in at 16 feet high and 8 feet wide, visitors can wander through the rings and gaze up at a “storm cloud” of plant materials, including cholla skeletons, yucca stocks, tree branches, tumbleweeds and tropical bromeliad and heliconia.
Water is a landscape intervention spanning 100 feet, mapping the path of seasonal flooding through the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest. The interpretive description for the installation is included below:
Flowing through agaves and spilling over boulders, a flood of vibrant color saturates the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest in this ephemeral landscape intervention.
Meticulously constructed on-site, Water spans nearly 100 feet and is designed to embrace the contours of the landscape. Eddies of intensely colored flowers gather in pools and are nestled amid an intricate yellow wooden lattice, mapping the seasonal flow of water.
More than 2,000 plants, including petunias, anthuriums and bromeliads, are on display along with 8,000 wooden rods woven into a lattice structure.
The exhibition will culminate withEarth, an immersive, room height 3-dimensional structure will be composed of 25 wood layers of “strata” cut away to reveal an open archway that visitors can enter. Ten thousand fresh flowers including roses, orchids and succulents will line the layers in a palette of desert colors.