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Wild animals take over the Atlanta Botanical Garden—again!


Atlanta Botanical Garden

On the heels of last year’s wildly successful Imaginary Worlds exhibition, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is bringing the flora and fauna display back this summer—with nine new sculptures (including these orangutans)—from now through October. The largest exhibition of mosaiculture (thousands of tiny plants embedded in a steel sculpture) in the United States—a grand 28 pieces— will be on display. Photographer Guy Boily was tasked with getting a few insider shots from the exhibit. “As I was walking silently through the brush, an opening appeared and, suddenly, these two orangutans were [there],” he recalls. “The long thin grass that the animals are made of really makes them come alive. These plants are growing every day!” As for the orangutan subject matter, Boily says they appear as if “the female [is] crouched down but the male [is leaping] skyward to clasp a huge branch.” While they look incredibly real, for now, encountering a botanical version of the animal will do just fine.