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Orchids + ‘Waning Light’

February 7 - February 8

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 am on Thursday and Saturday, repeating until March 3, 2019 5:00 am

One event on February 21, 2019 5:00 am at 6:30 pm

Orchids + 'Waning Light'

The annual Orchids exhibition is a winter tradition at Franklin Park Conservatory, providing central Ohio visitors respite from frigid temperatures and grey skies. This year, Orchids goes above and beyond as these unique flowers take to hanging baskets and suspended sculptural displays in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, on view now through March 3, 2019.

“The catalyst for the whole exhibit” says Horticulture Exhibitions Designer Garet Martin, “is that we wanted to create something visitors have never seen here before.” Visitors experience five unique artistic interpretations of ‘suspended orchids’ as they tour the Showhouse. Hanging installations made from fabric, tubing and rope cascade around mossy baskets bursting with orchids.

With nearly 2,160 orchids on display, representing 45 different hybrids and species, visitors witness the rich diversity of the orchid family. For example, the Phalaenopsis schilleriana species orchid is on display alongside the well-known hybrid phalaenopsis to illustrate generations of adaptations—experienced in native habitats as well as human-facilitated hybridization efforts.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery: Waning Light
In the Cardinal Health Gallery, local artist Dana Lynn Harper strings together thousands of laminated dichroic film discs and suspends them from the ceiling, creating a cloud of iridescent petals floating and bending through the space. Harper manipulates material, size, color and light to build a dreamlike and otherworldly installation.

An Evening with Dana Lynn Harper
Thursday, February 21, 6:30–8pm
Join us for a conversation and gallery tour with Dana Lynn Harper, creator of Waning Light. View this iridescent, otherworldly installation with the artist as she shares her artistic process and conceptual inspiration.

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E Broad St.
Columbus,OH43203United States
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