Beverly Pepper's marvellous contemporary sculptures, took place in the Fuqua Orchid Center last Wednesday. Horizontal Twist is with us as a part of the Garden's new sculpture exhibition Independent Visions, which opens this week. I must admit I was alarmed when our Exhibitions Manager, Cathleen Hunt, proposed to place the sculpture in the Formal Bed. What kind of crane could fit in a four foot wide space and hoist a 2200 pound work of art over a two foot high water feature and into the center of a bed 25 feet long? It would take hours.
gantry crane by a crew of experts while I stood nervously by, holding a camera to stave off hand-wringing. Once attached to a chain hoist, the piece was lifted above the height of the bed.
The exhibition, Independent Visions: Sculpture in the Garden features 19 works by nine different artists. It runs from May through October. The Member Opening is tonight!