Thursday, July 1, 2021

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion

During my last visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, I once again felt like a tourist in New York City, craned neck looking up in awe at the towering skyscrapers. But there are no skyscrapers within the 30 acres of the Garden. But there's this...(video)...

The second part of this summer's SUPERnatural exhibition is Aerieal Art in Motion, by Poetic Kinetics based in Los Angeles. In particular, this piece is called Dream Flora, part of Patrick Shearn's signature Skynet Art Series

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

Patrick Shearn is also the founder of Poetic Kinetics, which he launched in 2008 after a 30-year career in the film effects industry. Their large-scale works of art have been seen around the world. If this is your first sighting of one of their works, know that you are in for a spectacular treat!

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

I hope you get to visit on a breezy day. Dream Flora is composed of red, orange, purple, and yellow nylon streamers attached to webs of transparent nets that are suspended by ropes in the trees. Even the slightest breeze will make this piece of art dance!

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion - "Dream Flora"

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion - "Dream Flora"

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

At the point on the Canopy Walk where you find the Andrew Crawford stools, Dream Flora branches off toward Saffron Tower placed at the fartherest northeast point in the Garden.

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion - "Dream Flora"

Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

Almost at the end of the Canopy Walk, I realized that I'd not been looking down. I was so mesmerized by Dream Flora that I wasn't paying attention to the Garden. That was resolved by another walk along the bridge, as well as under it where I got some awesome views of Dream Flora!

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

At 600-feet long, 40-feet high, the 12-feet wide serpentine elevated pathway known as the Kendeda Canopy Walk opened in 2010 is considered the largest tree canopy-level walkway of its kind in the United States.

Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor
Dream Flora | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo by Travis Swann Taylor

The two summer exhibitions, collectively called SUPERnatural, intersect near Sourwood Terrace. Glass Art in Bloom, by Jason Gamrath, continues in the more formal part of the Garden and all the way to the Skyline Garden.

Check out Dream Flora during the day or during the evening (or both!) during Cocktails in the Garden. This exhicit will be on display through September 19, but you know not to wait...see it now so you don't miss this spectacular opportunity!


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