Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition opens January 2021 and features large-scale living sculptures created by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz of Waterlily Pond Studio. Using florals and plant materials as the medium and desert elements as the inspiration, Wind, Earth and Water are three intricate installations that guests will experience at the Garden for only a few weeks.
Wife-and-husband duo Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz work at the nexus of sculpture and floral art, creating installations that combine the emotion of flowers with fascinating structures of industrial materials. Their work has been commissioned by modern art museums, cathedrals, public spaces and cultural organizations globally.
The exhibition kicks off with Wind, which will be located in Stardust Foundation Plaza, Jan. 19 – Feb. 19. It is inspired by the tumultuous wind and dust storms that move across the desert landscape. Measuring in at 16 feet high and 8 feet wide, visitors can wander through the rings and gaze up at a “storm cloud” of plant materials, including cholla skeletons, yucca stocks, tree branches, tumbleweeds, and tropical bromeliad and heliconia.
Visitors can experience Water in the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest on display Feb. 23 through March 22. This landscape intervention spans 100 feet, mapping the path of seasonal flooding through the site with 8,000 colored wooden dowels and 1,500 red flowering blooms, from petunias and geraniums to tropical flowers, oriented to flow and spill around rocks and plants.
The exhibition will culminate with Earth in Dorrance Hall April 3 – 25, inspired by the sandstone strata of Arizona canyons. An immersive, room height 3-dimensional structure will be composed of 25 wood layers of “strata” cut away to reveal an open archway that visitors can enter. Ten thousand fresh flowers including roses, orchids and succulents will line the layers in a palette of desert colors.
Access to viewing Wind, Water and Earth is included with general Garden admission, but reservations are required in advance of visits.