By Carol Carter
The Earth Goddess alone is reason enough to see a jaw-dropping exhibit on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden through October. This 25-foot-tall gal weighs 40,000 pounds and is made of live plants. She is one of 19 topiary-like sculptures in the exhibit, “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life.”
When you go, you are free to meander through the garden at your own pace, following a map that shows where you’ll find each structure. It’s a little like a treasure hunt, and as you come upon the various sculptures your initial response probably will be an “Awww” or an “Oh my gosh.”
While Earth Goddess is the stunner of the show, each sculpture packs star power. The graceful butterfly is utterly beautiful.
The unicorn, yes, is magical and somehow manages to look life-like as it grazes.
Cute best describes the shaggy dog.
And the ogre, complete with a tunnel just the right size for little people to pass through, brings out big smiles.
The fish may cause you to stand and gawk.
And if the dancing berries affect you the way they did me, you’ll laugh.
The shady paths of the Atlanta Botanical Garden might be just the ticket for a lazy summer outing. And, consider this: “Imaginary Worlds” is the first exhibit by International Mosaiculture of Montreal to be shown in the United States. What a gift for Atlantans and visitors to Atlanta.
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Carol Carter writes for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.