Southern Agenda

For the Trees

This summer, the 16,000-acre Olmsted Brothers–designed Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont presents L+A+N+D (Landscape + Art + Nature + Design), an outdoor exhibition of immersive art installations that will explore beauty in the landscape, touching on such topics as biodiversity and sustainability. The experiences appear on a newly created trail that threads through woodland and meadow environments. One example: The Denver-based artist Nikki Pike drew on her childhood memories of outdoor play to craft Chrysalis, where a bark-covered sculpture dangles between two tulip poplars. Farther along, the British artist Stuart Ian Frost drilled Fibonacci spirals into a fallen sycamore trunk to create Sylvan Sycamore, invoking nature’s patterned paradigms. The journey continues among a “living” kinetic structure that withers during dry spells but blooms anew in rain.