On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the preview of the new Bending Nature exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory. This new installation includes works by 15 artists including Dorothy Gill Barnes (Columbus), David Byrne (NYC), Dennis Oppenheim (NYC), Shigeo Kawashima (Kanagawa, Japan) and many others.
This exhibit is part of an ongoing program at the Franklin Park Conservatory to more strongly connect the art world with the horticultural world. Several of the artists will be present at the conservatory through the end of the exhibition in March 2009. Some pieces have been commissioned for the Conservatory and will remain as permanent fixtures throughout the building.
Bending Nature includes sculpture, photography, drawings, video and film. A children’s area also features interactive stations where kids can discover the processes behind the featured installments.
Franklin Park Conservatory is located at 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, 43203 and is open Tuesday Ã¯Â¿Â½ Sunday, 10 a.m. Ã¯Â¿Â½ 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. Ã¯Â¿Â½ 8 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and students, and $4.00 for children 2-12. Members and children under 2 are free. All exhibitions are included in the general admission price.