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.
All of the Price sculptures on display are available for purchase, along with smaller versions in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. The Dallas Arboretum receives 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…He credits his success to his mother who…instilled in Gary the ability to express himself through art; and to his children who provide constant inspiration.” He and his wife have nine children and 16 grandchildren.
The exhibition is also a celebration of the fifth year of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an eight-acre scientific garden dedicated to teaching children about nature, life and earth sciences in a garden. With 17 indoor-outdoor galleries designed for science learning objectives, the Children’s Adventure Garden is revolutionizing the landscape of interactive learning through a unique blend of innovative technology, 150 interactive exhibits and natural elements. The displays revolve around STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
“Celebrate the Children” exhibition is part of Summer at the Arboretum during which the garden hosts special Family Fun Fridays in June, July and August where families can enjoy the gardens, along with special activities such as face painting and a petting zoo. In the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, there are misters to keep guests cool along with experiments and fun learning activities daily.
The “Celebrate the Children” exhibition, presented by Reliant, is also supported by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. For more information, visit dallasarboretum.org.