Philip Haas’s Arcimboldo-Inspired Sculptures to Bloom at the New York Botanical Garden


The New York Botanical Garden‘s (NYBG) spring harvest will include some flabbergasting flora and foliage this year when Philip Haas‘s series of Giuseppe Arcimboldo-inspired sculptures, “Four Seasons,” is installed in the courtyard of its Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The four, 15-feet-tall sculptures, each representing one of the seasons, will be on view at the Bronx institution from May 18 through October 27.

“Whether I’m working in painting, sculpture, or film, what fascinates me is the idea of transformation,” Haas said in a press release. “Through the Four Seasons, I am re-contextualizing the world of classical Renaissance portraiture using the transformative elements of scale, material, and dimensionality, thereby altering the viewer’s perspective.”

“We are thrilled to present Philip Haas’s remarkable ‘Four Seasons’ here at The New York Botanical Garden,” said NYBG CEO and president Gregory Long in a statement. “This body of work is ideal for the garden as it speaks to the present, while reflecting on the past. The contemporary forms rooted in the history of art will resonate not only with our core audience but also those passionate about contemporary art.”

“Philip Haas: Four Seasons” will run May 18-October 27 at the New York Botanical Garden.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Philip Haas, “Summer (after Arcimboldo),” 2010; photo by the author/)