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FLORIGAMI INTHEGARDEN: A Review

January 14, 2024

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Imagine me, strolling through a garden, where the blooms aren't the only stars of the show. There I was, at FLORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN, an outdoor sculpture exhibition that turned my world delightfully topsy-turvy. Picture this: metal sculptures so lifelike, so vibrant, you'd swear they were about to flap away or nibble at the nearest flower. Jennifer and Kevin Box, the Santa Fe artists behind this whimsy, must surely have a sprinkle of magician in their blood.

These sculptures, oh! They weren't just sculptures. They were origami dreams cast in metal, folded in ways that would make a paper crane blush with envy. Majestic big birds, serene deer – every piece a tribute to nature's pollinators, those tireless workers in the grand garden of life. And the colors! Imagine a rainbow taking a joyride on a sunny day, and you're halfway there.

Here's where it gets even better: the collaboration. Kevin Box and his squad of sculptor-wizards teamed up with origami royalty – Robert J. Lang, Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson – to breathe life into these metal marvels. It was as if they whispered to the metal, "Hey, why don't you try being paper for a day?"

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Thanks to Rosa's Café (bless them), this exhibition wasn't just a feast for the eyes. It was a dance of art, science, and nature, a playground for the curious mind, regardless of age. It was like stepping into a storybook where art leaped off the page – or, in this case, the garden path.

So, here's my hearty nudge: scoot over to FLORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN. It's an escapade through art and nature, a parade of whimsical, larger-than-life sculptures that are as enlightening as they are entertaining. Take a gander at this spectacle nestled in the embrace of a public garden. Trust me, your inner child (and outer adult) will thank you.

~Michele Jaillet

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