Drawing inspiration from the Garden’s natural landscape, acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdés brings seven towering sculptures to five distinctive sites in a captivating showcase of the relationship between art and nature. Manolo Valdés has created new monumental sculptures that respond directly to the Garden’s celebrated plant collections. Examples include Fiore, a 17-foot-high bronze and steel work inspired by oak and maple trees; Butterflies, a 50-foot-wide aluminum piece; and Ivy, a 15-foot-tall aluminum structure reminiscent of palm leaves.
The seven monumental, sculptural heads specifically created by the artist for this exhibition not only reference images from the past, but also draw inspiration from nature as can be seen in their headdresses, which include ferns, oak and maple leaves, windblown palms, and butterflies. The exhibition’s tour de force is the expansive 50-foot, bronze and cor-ten steel lattice work headdress of Alhambra, which creates a maze for the visitor to walk through and also pays tribute to Spain’s historic Alhambra in Granada with its stunning Moorish gardens and architecture dating to the 10th century.