From a beautiful 25-foot-tall Earth Goddess to four frolicking frogs, the largest exhibition of living plant sculptures ever displayed in the U.S is currently on show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Titled Imaginary Worlds: A New Kingdom of Plant Giants, the new exhibit is made up of 28 enormous living plant sculptures created from nearly 200,000 plants using a meticulous process called mosaiculture.
Mosaiculture is a contemporary horticultural art form based on the traditional stuffed topiary technique.
The enchanting sculptures are formed by imbedding plants (primarily groomed annuals) into soil and moss filled netting, which covers a molded steel structure.
Underneath the carpet of colourful patterns and the steel skeleton is a complex irrigation system that keeps the plants looking lush even in the summer heat.
One of the garden’s main attractions, the 25-feet-tall Earth Goddess, is planted with 40,000 living plants and assembled from 23 sections with a total weight of nearly 29 tons.
Joining the Earth Goddess are a grazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of snakes, bunnies and butterflies, accompanied this year by new sculptures of four frogs, three gorillas, a pair of orangutans and one very shaggy dog.
The exhibition is the work of the nonprofit International Mosaiculture of Montreal and is on display from May until the end of October.
Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Gardens and My Modern Met