Moai at Mounts Botanical
Reconnect with History as the mystery of the Rapa Nui moai comes to Mounts Botanical Garden. Thanks to the vision and gift of Margaret Blume, the Tropical Forest Garden has reopened with the permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, figures located on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile. Designed by artist Dennis MacDonald with great attention to authenticity and detail, each statue is made of solid, reinforced, poured concrete and has been stained to create a weathered appearance. The larger moai stands 20 feet tall and wears a “hat” known as pukao, two additional pukao rest on the ground.
Visitors will discover the inspiring story of the moai and the Rapa Nui culture. The tribute is meant to inspire curiosity and to serve as a link to ancient history, art and culture.
This is a permanent exhibit that is included with your Garden admission.
Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! Art with LEGO® Bricks
Bring the entire family to experience Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! a premier, touring exhibit and highlight of our 2022 Season of Awe, Wonder and Reconnecting.
Reconnect with your Inner Child. This new exhibition from acclaimed artist Sean Kenney features over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® pieces and explores the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature POP! blends art, science, and innovation in the display of these sculptures. Known for his ability to make striking works of art using simple LEGO toys, Kenney pushes the boundaries of the medium in this new exhibition through his use of vibrant colors and a bold, graphical style. Inspired by the Pop art movement, Kenney’s work on Nature POP! plays on that movement’s principles by blurring the boundaries between austere and the everyday, and draws from a belief that everything is interconnected.
Exhibit Dates & Admission
January 8-May 1, 2022
- Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm (last entry at 3 p.m.)
- Tickets: $15 adults; $12 seniors 65+, college students and military with ID; $7 ages 6-17; FREE for MBG members, RAP members (AHS reciprocal program), and children under 6.