Opens Sat., April 28
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion

Look and listen as spectacular interactive soundscapes, visual art and kinetic motion installations bring our stunning summer show to life.

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Delight your senses at Phipps’ Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion. Featuring contemporary installations by artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, this unique new show immerses you in a colorful world of eye-catching, interactive art, music and sounds. The whole family will enjoy this thrilling sensory adventure, surrounded by summer blooms, surprises and special effects!

  • Visit the fluttering friends of Butterfly Forest, featuring Experimental Sound Synthesis, a sonic environment designed by students at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Follow the sounds to an enchanted woodland inhabited by friendly topiary giants and intricately decorated with living wreath chandeliers and hanging trees in hues of blue, orange and yellow.
  • Be mesmerized by the wind sculptures of renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, whose supersized copper creations make beautiful, complex patterns with each gentle breeze.
  • Connect to nature like never before with Music of the Plants™, a special musical instrument that lets you interact with living plants as they respond to your voice and touch.
  • Enjoy breathtaking moving mobiles in vibrant shades of green, white and blue suspended over colorful bromeliads, Anthurium and Caladium plants.
  • Create your own fountain show — and its musical soundtrack — by making water dance in a new interactive installation by artist Jakob Marsico of Ultra Low Res Studio.
  • See stunning flower sculptures accompanied by a continuously generated original soundscape by sound artist and experimental musician Jesse Stiles.

The dazzling Lyman Whitaker works seen in Summer Flower Show are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Phipps. Click here for a list of inventory, and inquire at the Shop at Phipps or call 816/333-3111 for more information.

Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion, designed by Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino and featuring the work of Lyman Whitaker presented by Leopold Gallery, Jesse Stiles, Jakob Marsico of Ultra Low Res Studio and the Experimental Sound Synthesis students of Carnegie Mellon University, runs Sat., April 28 – Sun., Sept. 30. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors and students, and $11.95 for children (2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.

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For your convenience, you may now buy your Phipps tickets online in advance of your visit.

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Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman

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