When: Now through March 31
Where: Fairchild Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road
How: Garden entry is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.
Details: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce outdoor exhibition The Art of Balance, a series of gravity-defying sculptures by Polish artist Jerzy Kędziora. The newest installation is part of Art at Fairchild, the seasonal program that invites international artists to display their works throughout the 83-acre tropical oasis. Nine of Kędziora’s pieces will be on view until March 31, 2018.
The balancing sculptures are the only statues in the world that can keep their balance and defy gravity while being attached in only one or two places. Perched high above the ground between trees, these whimsical figures conceal the serious origin of the art form. Kędziora was born in Poland in the aftermath of the destruction of World War II and draws inspiration from having witnessed the rise and success of the Solidarity movement. Growing up, Kędziora and his countrymen lend their lives as if balancing on a wire, torn between the destruction and uncertainty of the future, pulled on one side by traditional ties to Europe, while at the same time being dominated by the Eastern Bloc. It was out of these conflicting forces that the balancing sculptures took form.