Imagine the beloved White Rabbit of the “Alice in Wonderland” story being nearly 30 feet tall with its skin comprised of living plants.
The “Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland” exhibition has sprung to life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, complete with its giant topiary-like plant sculptures, which are on display through Oct. 27 at the garden’s Midtown and Gainesville locations. It opened May 11.
According to Emily Saccenti, the garden’s exhibition project manager, this program is back by popular demand after last year’s blockbuster show, “Imaginary Worlds: Once upon a Time.”
“This is an exhibition of sculptures called mosaiculture, which is an art form where giant, steel-framed sculptures, such as that of the rabbit, are wrapped with mesh and then filled with soil before plants are planted inside that framework,” she said.
In addition, many of last year’s crowd-favorite sculptures will make a comeback but will have a completely new look. They have “donned” coats of different plant palettes than were used last year.
“The focus of the new show clearly is Alice and many in the cast of characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel,” garden President and CEO Mary Pat Matheson said in a news release. “But what will no doubt blow visitors away is the sheer size of these sculptures.”
What also makes the White Rabbit sculpture different is it floats inside an upside-down umbrella in the Skyline Garden pond at the Midtown location. That tops even the garden’s resident Earth Goddess sculpture, at 22 feet high.
On the Skyline lawn is an expansive chess board bordered by nine heart “tree” sculptures, each more than 12 feet tall, with a giant Cheshire Cat poised nearby. Alice herself is on hand, but is elsewhere in the garden with the challenge of who can find her.
In addition to the dragon, the sculptures making encore appearances from last year’s exhibit are the Mammoth, Mermaid, Phoenix, camels and Pegasus, with many sporting all-new plant life.
Exhibition tickets are included with the Midtown garden admission, which costs $21.95 for visitors over 12, including seniors, $18.95 for children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantabg.org.