• Longfellow Gravity
  • Glass Flower Goblet
  • Tower
  • Glass Wavy Bowl
  • Glass Wavy Bowls
  • Winter
  • Phipps Convervatory

Life in the Gardens

Jun 2009

Hans Godo Frabel, the world’s most famous flame-work glass artist and avid gardener, is continuously inspired by nature and the world around him. In this book you will see the exhibition that he and his team of glass artists have created at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

As beautiful as it is unusual, the artist’s installation at Phipps brings a new and reflective view of garden-glass artistry to one of the oldest Victorian glasshouses in the country. Designed to whisk guests away to a dazzling, fresh world, the exhibition is filled with whimsical and otherworldly figures, mysterious masks, playful sculptures, and a botanical interplay never before seen.

All exhibitions, like the one at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, are unique to their surrounding environments. With the Life in the Gardens exhibition, Frabel utilizes Phipps’ unique vegetation to optimally display his amazing glass sculptures and large installations.

Fräbel was so impressed with the Phipps Conservatory that he decided to introduce some incredible new installations to his botanical garden exhibition, inspired by, and especially for, the Phipps Conservatory.

New at this exhibition is the “Longfellow Gravity” installation, that consists of 3 large cubes that seem to tumble down a hill into a pond, surrounded by 14 Longfellows in different sizes that look and see this all happen, but are able to play during all of this. It is about seeing fun and enjoyment, even when things around you are not as easy as they once may have been. Further, Frabel created his “Tower” installation, a large version of his 1970’s sculpture titled: “Tower of Babel”.

Since the beginning of the Frabel Studio in 1968, flowers and plants have formed an important part of the Studio’s realistic art repertoire. Flowers like the Lily, Dogwood, Cherokee Rose and various Orchids were recreated in realistic fashion using borosilicate glass. Wielding his creative expression, Frabel has designed glass botanicals, interpreting the essence of plant life while displaying the magic and irresistible beauty of glass.

After his initial visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Frabel stated: “The Phipps Conservatory is one of the oldest and largest Conservatories in the US and I am proud and honored to showcase my work in this beautiful setting. When you walk around this garden, you can just feel the history.”

This exhibition is the largest flame-work glass art exhibition ever held in a botanical garden anywhere in the world and is organized by the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in cooperation with Hans Godo Frabel.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
700 Frank Curto Drive. Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For more information, please visit http://phipps.conservatory.org