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Artist's Four Seasons Come To Life At Bronx Garden

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The New York Botanical Garden is set to unveil a new sculpture series this weekend that's sure to appeal to kids and adults alike. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Probably because of the abundance of green, it always feels like springtime at the New York Botanical Garden. Well now it feel like spring, summer, autumn and winter. Artist Philip Haas created four monumental sculptures to represent the four seasons. They've just been installed after being shown in a desert botanical garden in Arizona.

"The work is very elastic, it responds to the environment," explains Haas. "Here in the Bronx the context with the greenery; with the conservatory the formality of it I find stunning. The fact that they're on pedestals in the courtyard."

Haas who is also an accomplished filmmaker was inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Renaissance paintings of the four seasons, which were portraits of heads made out of fruits and vegetables. Haas followed the originals closely but because they are three dimensional he had to fill in the blanks.

"The base of autumn, the torso, the chest as it were, is an inverted wine barrel there are berries in the cracks of the wood, the roots holding it together," says Haas. "On the top you'll see almonds coming out of the melon on the back and way on the top, a snail.

We all have our favorite season and it's okay to have a favorite sculpture as well.

"Spring is made of 100 different flowers, and we sculpted all of them," says Haas. "A lot of people like winter best because it's more of a portrait, it becomes like a human being. I'm particular fond of summer because of the explosion of color and activity in it."

While it may be fun and fruity, it's also fine art. And don't wait for an apple to fall, because none of it is real. Still, whatever your favorite season is, be sure to check out the sculptures on display through mid October.

For more information, visit nybg.org/.

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