The Morton Arboretum Announces Its Next Large-Scale Sculpture Exhibition: “Of the Earth”

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Human+Nature will officially close at the end of February 2023, although some of the eight sculptures by artist Daniel Popper will still be on view into March. The sculptures may be exhibited elsewhere by Popper, with those details yet to be determined by the artist. 

So what’s next?

Today, The Morton Arboretum announced its next large-scale sculpture exhibition, Of the Earth, which will feature five exclusive new works by Polish-American artist Olga Ziemska, opening May 26, 2023.

Photo credit: Olga Ziemska

Olga will bring a fresh and evocative new display to The Morton Arboretum’s art exhibition program, which has enhanced the guest experience among our tree collections.

Preston Bautista, Ph.D., the Arboretum’s vice president of learning and engagement

In Polish, Ziemska means “of the earth.” Her work will be created from reclaimed tree branches and other natural materials gathered from various locations throughout the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ziemska said that some of the Arboretum’s tree-filled landscapes inspired her because they reminded her of the landscapes of Poland, where she has previously lived and regularly visits her family. 

Ziemska said that her aim is to remind people, “Everything in life is derived from the same basic elements that form everything in nature, including ourselves. There is no separation.” This will be the Cleveland, Ohio-based artist’s largest public exhibition to date.

Photo credit: Olga Ziemska

Ziemska has built a career in the male-dominated art world, exploring her multiple identities as a first-generation child of Polish immigrants, an American, an artist, a woman and a human. She has exhibited and created public installations in Poland, Taiwan, Italy, South Korea, Mexico and other locations globally in a career spanning more than 20 years.

About Olga Ziemska

Olga Ziemska is a sculptor and artist who lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. She has had residencies with the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Poland, YATOO International in Korea, RespirArt Sculpture Park in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy and the Taoyuan Land Art Festival in Taiwan. Among her prestigious grants and awards were a Fulbright Fellowship and a Creative Workforce Fellowship. In 2007, Ziemska was selected as a Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Ziemska was selected by Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery as a 2018 Woman Artist to Watch. She is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design and an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design.

The experience of art paired with nature throughout the Arboretum has been very appealing to both frequent visitors and those coming for the very first time. We are continuing this approach of one-of-a-kind exhibitions aligned with the Arboretum’s mission that really motivate people to get outdoors among trees and explore nature.

Preston Bautista

The exhibition will run through spring 2025.

Keep reading for more features of The Morton Arboretum!

Tadpoles at The Morton Arboretum

We always really enjoy the Children’s Garden and there is definite excitement around the pond starting in mid-May. The tadpoles usually hatch around Mother’s Day, so it’s good to go about two weeks later when they start moving around more.

morton arboretum tadpole sign

There were kids of all ages stepping on the stones across the pond, looking at the tadpoles curiously, scooping them up and releasing them and giggling.

morton arboretum children looking at tadpoles

It was cute because random kids were so eager to share with me what they found and where I could see the most tadpoles all in one place. I loved seeing the excitement and wonder in their eyes!

morton arboretum tadpole

My kids wondered when the tadpoles start growing legs… so I looked it up! Below is a great video that shows the different stages of frog development. Please note that the tadpoles at The Morton Arboretum are American Toads, but the videos on frogs show the life cycle much better!

It takes about 6-9 weeks for the legs to develop, so my guess is that will happen starting the third week of June? Anyway, it’s a great opportunity for your kids to be able to see part of their development. How fun to go now and then again when the legs start growing!

More Features of The Morton Arboretum

This section originally published on May 25, 2015 as its own article.

There is so much more at The Morton Arboretum to enjoy! My kids always gravitate towards the hedge maze (there is a short hedge maze for younger children and tall bushes for the older ones).

morton arboretum hedge maze

We made it to the lookout point and planned our exit route!

morton arboretum maze aerial view

The Children’s Garden is filled with beauty and enjoyment for every age group.

The water spilling over a movable stone ball towards the front of the Children’s Garden is simple, but so fun!

morton aboretum water globe

There is much to see, explore, touch and smell in the garden areas.

morton arboretum children's garden flower

It’s a great place for children of all ages. Not to mention for adults too- it’s so pleasant and easy to be there… walk around, take your time, and your kids will be so engrossed in their surroundings!

morton arboretum acorns

It took my kids a few times before conquering the tree houses and rope bridges, but they love it now!

morton arboretum rope bridge

Where to Eat

You can pack a lunch and eat it on the tables outside (there are tables both in the Children’s Garden and outside the main building) or you have the option to buy food at the Ginko Café and eat inside or out on the attached porch area. We have also grabbed sandwiches at the café right outside the restaurant and eaten them outside. In any case, there are tons of options to make it easy.

morton arboretum eating area

Past Exhibits at The Morton Arboretum

Flip to the next page to see what types of exhibits The Morton Arboretum has had in the past to get a flavor of what’s to come.

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