A new exhibit opened at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory this past Wednesday.
On March 24, 2009, a press conference was held announcing the exhibit.
A kick-off was held last Tuesday.
The press release:
Miniature Versions of Architectural Treasures Unveiled
Today Mayor Tom Henry and Parks and Recreation Department Director Al Moll announced the opening of a very unique exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. “Downtown Landmarks” features a collection of highly detailed scale models of historically and architecturally significant downtown buildings. Set among nearly 2,000 gorgeous poinsettia plants, the exhibit represents a new collaborative approach to exhibit design.
Moll explained, “our partnership with local design firms has allowed the Conservatory to really ramp up the excitement surrounding our showcase garden. Downtown Landmarks features art, history, horticulture, and entertainment. Each design firm adopted a structure which they consider to be significant to the current or past downtown landscape.” Companies providing design, curatorial, and fabrication services include:
- Design Collaborative, Inc. – Ron Dick, Principal – The Lincoln Tower
- Martin-Riley Architects, Engineers – John Riley, Partner – The Baker Street Train Station
- Moake Park Group, Inc. – Dick Moake, Owner — The Keenan Hotel
- MSKTD & Associates, Inc. – Jim Kratzat, President – The Embassy
According to Moll, the Conservatory’s goals in creating the exhibit are to:
- educate the public on the history of downtown Fort Wayne
- provide an aesthetically enjoyable horticultural exhibit
- encourage discussion on urban planning and the urban lifestyle of the past and future
- share the unique artistic expression present in each building model
- evoke fond memories of downtown
- capture the imagination of younger visitors
- create an attractive and intriguing atmosphere
- showcase the design sponsors and highlight the unique cooperative partnership necessary to move this exhibit from concept to reality.
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The exhibit runs through January 3rd at the Botanical Conservatory.