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If you’ve lived in North Texas for a while, you’ve probably been to the Dallas Arboretum. As ubiquitous as the Texas Rangers, Six Flags and Dr Pepper, the gardens attract hundreds of thousands of …BEES!
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Just kidding! Visitors! Every year, hundreds of thousands of families and nature-lovers seek out a stroll and a picnic along the 66 acres of rolling landscaped hills and 500,000 blooms, plus exotic plants and water features.
New this year is a bronze sculpture exhibit called The Great Contributors by artist Gary Price. Eight life-size sculptures are placed throughout the Gardens looking amiable, charming and downright whimsical. A bench is part of each work, giving us the opportunity to get up close and personal.
We decided to pop in and check out the demo by Gary Price himself. He and his son showed us some initial steps in his molding process. He says he still needs to get her permission, but Oprah Winfrey is next on his “to bronze” list. And, he tells us, his piece “The Wright Brothers” is the first time unveiled ANYWHERE — and it’s right here at the Arboretum. Don’t you love being the first?
Price tells us he uses the “lost wax” method of sculpting, and that since bronze is about 98% copper, his works are heavy, easily withstanding weather and bear hugs. Price, a Utah native, clearly loves his work, and he’s eager to see what kind of reaction his bronzed beauties will get from Dallasites.
When you head over to the Gardens to take advantage of this incredible spring weather, enjoy this first week of Dallas Blooms, but keep an eye out for:
- Abraham Lincoln
- George Washington
- Benjamin Franklin
- Vincent Van Gogh
- William Shakespeare
- The Wright Brothers (their first time in public)
- Mark Twain
- Albert Einstein
When you get to William Shakespeare, make sure you walk around to the back of his bench. You’ll find a bio inscribed on the back, with what appears to be Romeo and Juliet carved in miniature. From skull to quill, cherubs to lions, his bench has intricate details that the other benches mostly lack. This piece seemed the most exquisite of them all.
After we got to experience all eight sculptures, we sashayed over to the kids’ area. The Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden has over 150 kids’ activities, says the brochure, but without any kids with us, it felt a bit stalkery. We did take a stroll through the Edible Garden, but a docent told us we couldn’t eat any of it. We acted like we had no intention of doing any such thing! So we got lunch at Cafe on the Green instead, thank you very much.
The grand opening of Dallas Blooms, The Great Contributors exhibit and the Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Gardens with lunch at Cafe on the Green made for a gorgeous spring morning! What do you think of the sculptures? Think you’ll be headed to the Arboretum this spring?
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While it’s open year-round, Dallas Blooms is nature at her finest. (Until April 10, 2016.) Check site for music, events and activities at the Arboretum.
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