The entrance exhibit of “ARTiculture” is inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Alexander “Sandy” Calder, a member of the historic family of artists whose works are found throughout Philadelphia, and will feature a remarkable aerial dance troupe who will perform above and within the multi-dimensional display. Visitors to the Flower Show will be able to walk through the exhibit and become part of the art.
Three oversized frames encompass the garden of topiary shapes, sculpted trees, rounded boxwoods, and suspended elements that recall Calder’s remarkable mobiles. As visitors get closer, they discover the surfaces are made of fresh and dried flowers, grasses, stone, glass and fabric that reveal individual art forms. The garden is planted with hyacinths, Gerbera daisies, sunpatiens, red celosia, blue salvia, marigolds, schizanthus, tiger eye violas, and other blooms, so that the impact of color and scent embraces visitors at every level.
BANDALOOP, the California-based vertical troupe that has performed on the sides of skyscrapers, bridges, cliffs and other sites around the world, animate the exhibit. Suspended from an overhead structure, the dancers perform above and around the exhibit. BANDALOOP present six performances each day. For a preview of the troupe’s skills, watch the Bandaloop video.
Between dance performances, digital ultraviolet light shows illuminate a collage of imagery, textures, and glowing phosphorescent paint effects in the garden.