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On a hot, humid Saturday morning in late June, I ventured into Atlanta to see this special exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This facility has been undergoing a major renovation/upgrade with a magnificent new visitors center, and is now one of the best botanical gardens anywhere.

If you click on the set to the right and run the SLIDESHOW in Full Screen Mode, you can follow me on a tour around the garden.
Here are some quotes from the website and a link:

"Henry Moore is widely acclaimed as the most important sculptor of the 20th century. This year, the Garden launches a new era with the show TIME magazine called one of the Top 10 Museum Exhibitions of 2008: Moore in America. This is the final destination of the tour, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 20 of Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures in a single exhibition.

Henry Spencer Moore (July 3, 1898 – August 31, 1986), born in the coal-mining town of Castleford, Yorkshire, in England, is one of the world’s most known and beloved 20th-century sculptors.

Moore began studying sculpture as an art student in 1919. His first solo show of sculpture was held in London in 1928. The following year Moore and his wife, Irina, moved to Hampstead, London, a center for artists and writers, where Moore made his living teaching sculpture and exhibiting his work. He would carve in the open air at his cottage in Kent.

In 1940 the couple moved to Perry Green in the Hertfordshire countryside. There, Moore would live and work for the remainder of his life, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape and collecting objects in nature that would provide ideas for his sculpture.

Moore in America at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the largest outdoor exhibition of Henry Moore’s sculpture ever presented in a single venue in the United States. The 20 colossal works are displayed throughout the Garden and among its gardens and plant collections, providing for an impressive interaction of nature and art such as Moore envisioned. The Henry Moore Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Moore’s work, co-curated the exhibition, which is underwritten by MetLife Foundation.

One of the finest botanical gardens in the world and the most treasured and beloved landscapes in Atlanta, the Garden offers alluring outdoor venues for such an exhibition. When Moore’s grand sculptures are set in the intimate scale of the Garden’s landscape, both are transformed."

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