McKee Botanical Garden Unveils Jason Gamrath Works

Ten of the master glass artist's works will be on view in the "Garden of Glass Exhibition," opening to the public January 20

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Blue Pitcher Plant. Photo by Jason Gamrath
Blue Pitcher Plant. Photo by Jason Gamrath

McKee Botanical Garden will unveil works by master glass artist Jason Gamrath’ s “Garden of Glass Exhibition,” January 20. The exhibition will be on view in the garden through April 30.

The colorful and thought-provoking exhibit will feature 10 stunning glass orchids, waterlilies, and plants, all standing between six- to fourteen-feet-tall. This is Jason’s first outdoor garden exhibit in Florida.

Each piece is intended to represent its living counterpart on a macro scale, emphasizing the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature. Both delicate and monumental, these one-of-a-kind sculptures convey the complexity of their living counterparts, engaging the viewers in new ways of looking at nature through the fragility of glass art.

Yellow and White Cattleya Set. Photo by Jason Gamrath
Yellow and White Cattleya Set. Photo by Jason Gamrath

“When I scale life forms up to be larger than a person, they can be observed with this perspective from across a room due to the overwhelming physical presence they command,” said Gamrath. “It is my hope that when people admire my large-scale renderings, they become curious and captivated by the hints of realism I incorporate into my designs. I encourage people to attempt to observe with the same eyes through which I humbly and graciously experience our natural world.”

Admission to the garden is $15 for adults; $13 for seniors aged 65 and older, as well as for children aged 13-17; and $10 for children aged 2-12. McKee members and children younger than 2 enjoy free admission. The garden is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m. Click here for tickets and for more information.

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