The Morton Arboretum is planting seeds and growing roots.
Starting April 9, the arboretum unveils a massive sculpture
exhibition, Steelroots, along with other sculptures by artist Steve
Tobin, who designed the 9/11 art memorial Trinity Root near Ground
Mimicking a tree root structure, the collection's pieces will
mainly sit in the 22-acre Conifer Collection. A bronze duo named
Romeo and Juliet will greet visitors at the entrance. Other Tobin
pieces include bronze sculptures titled "Forest Floors," a giant
steel "Pinecone" and sculptural works in clay from his "Exploded
"I think it's a great opportunity to think a little differently,
to turn the tree upside down," says Angelique Dunning, manager of
youth and family programs at Morton Arboretum.
This will be the arboretum's first display of fine art
"There's a whole other community we don't see," says Dunning.
"The roots are crucial. They're just beautiful."
The exhibition encourages interaction. Visitors can touch the
sculptures, lie down beneath them and stroll around the huge roots.
Different at all angles, the pieces' location will combine fine art
in a relaxed environment.
"A number of activities, special events, rooms all tied to the
exhibit will be planned," says Dunning.
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