MOAI AT MOUNTS Opens This Thursday at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach
Thanks to the vision and gift of Margaret Blume, the garden's Tropical Forest Garden will re-open with the permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, human figures located on Rapa Nui, Chile.
Designed by artist Dennis MacDonald with great attention to authenticity and detail, each of the statues 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.
MacDonald will be at Mounts on opening day along with moai expert Terry L. Hunt, Ph.D., Dean of the Honors College at the University of Arizona, and author of The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island. Dr. Hunt will give a guest lecture in the Mounts Exhibition Hall from 9:30 to 10:15 am, followed by a Q&A with the audience. (Note: This lecture is already sold out.)
From 10:40 to 11:30 am, artist Dennis MacDonald will lead a site tour of the new moai exhibition in the Mounts Tropical Forest.
"With this exhibit, we invite our visitors to reconnect with history as they discover the inspiring story of moai and the Rapa Nui culture," says Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg. "Like all our special events and exhibits, MOAI AT MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN is designed to inspire a sense of awe, wonder, and reconnection among garden enthusiasts, plant lovers, and families looking to enjoy a safe, healthy and happy horticultural activity."
The MOAI AT MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN exhibition is included with regular Garden admission.
Garden hours are:
+ Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm (October and May-September)
+ Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm (November through April)
Garden admission is:
FREE for Mounts members and children 5 and under; $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, college students and military with ID; $5 for ages 6-17
+ Tickets available for purchase at the gate.
Available for Interview:
Rochelle Wolberg, Curator-Director
Mounts Botanical Garden