Dallas Arboretum Presents "Celebrate the Children," an Exhibition Featuring Bronze Sculptures by Gary Lee Price
From April 15 to October 15, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden unveils "Celebrate the Children," an art exhibition designed and created by Gary Lee Price. Guests can interact with beautiful, hand-crafted bronze sculptures of children, which are displayed throughout the garden. The exhibition, presented by Reliant, is the focal point of Summer at the Arboretum that features special events and Family Fun Fridays from June to August.
Created by Price, "Celebrate the Children" features more than 25 different, hand-produced, bronze sculptures, many of which are of his own children. The 11-foot sculpture, "Celebration!" features joyous children celebrating life and soaring around the globe. The exhibition encourages guests to revisit childhood memories such as singing Ring-Around-The-Rosie in "Circle of Peace" with five children or playing in the grass near one of the four "Cartwheel" statues. The pieces range from 2 to 7.5 feet tall with one sculpture weighing more than 1,300 lbs.
Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Alan Walne said, "Thousands of Price's sculptures are on display in public and private collections throughout the world, and now the public can see many of them up close. We are excited to welcome him back as he captures the true essence of passion in every sculpture."
Price remarked, "Not only do I love the message and energy that great, positive art can put out into the world for our nourishment and sustainment … I love the very act itself of that creation. To be able to take an unidentifiable lump of clay and transform it into a shape that lifts and inspires others. I can scarcely put into words the joy that gives this sculptor!"
All of Price's sculptures on display are available for purchase, along with smaller versions in the Hoffman Family Gift Store with the garden receiving a portion of the proceeds.
According to his biography, "Gary Lee Price was born with the innate ability to communicate stories by simply breathing life into his clay and ultimately bronze. His multiple award-winning sculptures commandeer the power and grace of life as we know it. Gary's tenacious 40-year crusade has been fueled by a desire to lift the human spirit through sculpture."
The exhibition, presented by Reliant, is also supported by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. More information: dallasarboretum.org