Aerial art installation to open at New England Botanic Garden

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Aerial art installation to open at New England Botanic Garden
DREAM FLORA by Patrick Shearn, an installation created for an exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2021. Shearn’s ““Flora in Flight, Aerial Art” will soon be unveiled at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. (photo/Courtesy)

BOYLSTON – New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is getting ready to unveil an outdoor aerial art installation.

The exhibition is called “Flora in Flight, Aerial Art by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics.” It features a trilogy of large-scale kinetic art that will transform spaces in the garden into living tapestries of color. 

The works of art are constructed from ultra-lightweight materials that are suspended overhead to create an immersive and wondrous experience.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the unique work of Patrick Shearn and Poetic Kinetics to the Garden,” said Exhibitions Manager Lea Morgan.

Every summer, the garden has outdoor sculpture installations. “Flora in Flight” will be one of the largest installations to date, spanning 3,317 total square feet.

“It’s been a joy to see this beautiful, immense project come to life and to collaborate with such a talented and thoughtful group of artists,” said Morgan.

Shearn is the founder and creative director of Poetic Kinetics, which is a creative arts and design studio based in Colorado Springs. He began his career in the film industry and worked on special and visual effects for a number of films, including “Jurassic Park,” “Fight Club” and “Interview with the Vampire.” Today, his art is fueled by a passion for exploring human connection, emotion and the relationship with the natural world.

“When visitors encounter my work, they step into a realm where art merges with nature, responding dynamically to the environment. As they walk through installations like ‘Flora in Flight,’ they will see vast, fluid canvases of color, constantly in motion, dancing with the wind,” he said.

Visitors will be able to experience the exhibit from June 22 to Oct. 31 with the cost of general admission seven days a week. On Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer, visitors will be able to view the exhibit by twilight. For more information, visit nebg.org.

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