Frabel at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

May 2010

Reflect on the beauty of nature in an exciting new way with Glorious Glass in the Garden: The Art of Hans Godo Fräbel at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden April 1, 2010 – Jan. 10, 2011.

The world-class exhibit by the renowned glass artist will feature more than one hundred pieces ranging from the realistic (brightly colored frogs and intricate portrayals of orchids, lotuses and waterlilies) to the whimsical (“sprite-like” figures, masks and large-scale geometric shapes). Smaller pieces will invite viewers to step in for a closer look while larger ones will amaze with sheer impact. In all cases Fräbel’s work “plays” with its surroundings — offering ever-changing views.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden provides an intimate setting for these jewel-like sculptures and visitors will enjoy playing their own games of “I Spy” as they are surprised and delighted by the fanciful forms at every turn. Adding to the ephemeral nature of the work will be complementary botanical displays changing throughout the seasons, starting with Spring. The glittering Conservatory will offer the fantastic experience of “glass within glass” and the exhibit culminates with GardenFest of Lights, reflecting the beauty of more than half a million sparkling lights.

This is the premiere of Glorious Glass in the Garden in the mid-Atlantic region and a major new piece will debut in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden exhibit. While some may be familiar with Fräbel’s work, this is a rare opportunity to interact with it in a garden setting.

The artist most recently received international attention when President Barack Obama gave Fräbel “Glass Tree” sculptures to 34 world leaders at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, in September of 2009. Fräbel first gained recognition when his “Cavorting Clowns” sculpture was featured in Absolut Vodka ads in the late 1980s and early 1990s, putting him in the company of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Collectors of Fräbel’s art include Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and President Jimmy Carter.

Presenting sponsors: Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Comcast and Richmond Magazine

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is located minutes north of Richmond, VA, off Interstate 95. The Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors (55+); $6 children (3-12); free for children under 3 and free for members.

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