When we visited the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio a couple of weeks ago to see our son’s wind chimes, we decided to stay and enjoy the exotic plants and spring display inside the conservatory.
The minute we step inside the atrium, we are awestruck by suspended colorful origami shapes that fill the air above our heads.
Jan Brown Checco, who is the art administrator for the Cincinnati Park Board, and a team of 20+ volunteers learned how to make modular origami, and began making 100+ forms of all sizes in August. The largest folded forms are made of recycled architectural plans and posters. The origami shapes were skillfully arranged into a mobile that includes coat hangers and recycled DVDS. Checco describes it as a “giant uber whimsical Seussical mobile” and says it “will be a great partner to some of the other decor elements that use recycled materials.”
The mobile is part of the decorations being installed at the conservatory for the upcoming “On Wings of Harmony – Butterflies of the World” show. This year’s design supports the butterfly show’s “rainbows and universes in harmony” theme.
The mobile will likely be up through the year, with some lighting enhancements for the holiday season.
Checco, along with others, has also designed the previous five annual butterfly shows.
The “On Wings of Harmony” butterfly show will run from April 21st to June 24th at the Krohn Conservatory.
Meanwhile, the “Enjoy an early spring with Sparkle and Bling show” continues to dazzle visitors to the Krohn Conservatory.
A beautiful garden of spring flowers fills the room with color and fragrance.
Sparkling bling shoots out of potted gardens on stems, creating a magical environment where fairies might dwell.
Hanging strings of sparkling beads that fall like rain mirror a waterfall surrounded by pure white lilies.
Beautiful, bright, fragrant lilies are everywhere in abundance.
It is difficult to pull myself from this early spring display, but the origami mobile in the atrium hints of good things to come, and the lush, cool plants in the conservatory beyond beckon me.
The sound of a waterfall draws me forth into the dense growth.
Ferns arch over the walkways.
A tunnel tempts me to enter.
Bright fish swirl in the water, a living, moving painting of color.
All along, a mermaid, an original stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, stands guard.
The size, shape, color and structure of the exotic plants amazes me.