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Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals

botanical mural by Kate Deciccio

Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals

January 31 - October 15, 2018
Conservatory West Gallery

Stop and take a look at the murals covering our city walls and you'll notice plants are often featured. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.

Art featured in the exhibit, with some of the plants featured in the artwork:

  • "Then I Wished That I Could Come Back As A Flower," Nekisha Durrett. 8 x 16 feet
    • cotton, Spanish moss, lotus, cedar, eucalyptus
  • "The Flowers In The Alley," Kellie Cox. 5 x 10 feet
    • sunflower, buttercup, dandelion
  • "Hybrid Resilience," Kate Deciccio. 12 x 8 feet
    • bald cypress, sassafras, white oak, loblolly pine, black birch, bristly sarsaparilla
  • "Seven Healing Plants," Gera Lozano. 5 x 10 feet
  • aloe, butterfly milkweed, yarrow, birdsfoot violet, hibiscus, California poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit
  • "Empire," Gaia. 8 x 16 feet
    • pineapple, Provence rose
  • "Untitled," Hamilton Glass. 5 x 10 feet
    • cherry blossoms