Tree Top Art

With the Greatest of Ease

April 2018

If the plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden could talk, they’d tell you, life is a balancing act. The garden’s latest series of sculptures would say the same thing. Dangling high in the tree canopy with no safety nets below, nine heavy bronze statues of trapeze artists defy gravity as they rock and spin in the breeze. The creations of Polish sculptor and painter Jerzy Kędziora, “The Art of Balance” is the latest in a series of art exhibits for Fairchild. Since 2005 the gardens have featured works by more than a dozen world-renowned artists, including Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly, Roy Lichtenstein, and even Yoko Ono. For Kędziora, the sculptures represent his own experience of finding a delicate balance while coming of age in Poland as it transitioned from Soviet rule. The Art of Balance runs through April 30th, and is included in the garden’s general admission fees.