Open Daily Until 11 p.m. through Sun., Nov. 5
LAST CHANCE: SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
LAST CHANCE: SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
LAST CHANCE: SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
LAST CHANCE: SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
LAST CHANCE: SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath

“A breakout exhibit!”

— KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh

“Mesmerizing!”

— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“One visit is not enough!”

NEXT Pittsburgh

“Another blockbuster…larger-than-life!”

Pittsburgh City Paper

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Experience the must-see show that critics are calling “breathtaking” and “out of this world” — it's SUPER. NATURAL., a glass art exhibition that is truly larger than life. Following in the footsteps of blockbuster Phipps glass shows by Dale Chihuly and others, Jason Gamrath brings an exciting new twist to the art form, creating orchids, Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and other stunning specimens that are remarkably accurate representations of their living counterparts — only on a massive scale, standing anywhere from six to 14 feet tall. The show fills the Conservatory with more than 40 major installations, each of which was carefully selected for each room and location, and many of which were custom made for Phipps. 

  • SUPER. NATURAL. Nights

    Open Daily Until 11 p.m. Except Sat., Oct. 21

    Stay for the evening and experience the beauty in a whole new light as the sun goes down and the mesmerizing SUPER. NATURAL. glass art begins to glow.
  • Fall Flower Finale for SUPER. NATURAL.

    Fall Flowers Featured Starting Sat., Oct. 14

    For its final weeks, SUPER. NATURAL. will embrace Phipps’ tradition of stunning Fall Flower Shows, transforming as the plantings change from tropical summer plants to a colorful cornucopia of chrysanthemums for the vibrant finale of this blockbuster show.

A sculpted Venus fly trap by artist Jason Gamrath is viewed by a mother and daughter in Phipps' Fern Room.

Sculpted glass orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' South Conservatory. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

For a full year, Gamrath and his team worked tirelessly to create new art for this show. Gamrath begins the process by sketching the flower and scaling it to massive proportions. Then, in a furnace that is 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, he melts clear glass rocks to make up the shape of the flower. Color and patterns are added by dusting the glass with white powder in alternating layers. After he removes it from the furnace, Gamrath uses a torch with a 5,000 degree flame to heat small areas of the glass so that they can be molded. He shapes them with a variety of tools, and he must be quick because the glass is only workable for a few seconds. When he is finished, Gamrath stores the piece in a furnace that brings the glass from 910 degrees to room temperature over the course of three days.

Sculpted glass columbines by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Sunken Garden.

Sculpted glass orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Palm Court. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

Watch Gamrath create one of his incredible sculptures in a behind-the-scenes video:

Watch an interview with Jason Gamrath about his craft, his inspiration and what he hopes to share with SUPER. NATURAL. guests:

Watch Gamrath and his team install more than 90 pitcher plants in Phipps' Serpentine Room in this SUPER. NATURAL. time lapse:

Sculpted glass pitcher plants by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Serpentine Room.

Sculpted glass Darwin orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' East Room.

A sculpted glass water lily by artist Jason Gamrath is seen in Phipps' Victoria Room. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

Artist Jason Gamrath stands among his sculpted glass Venus fly traps. Photo copyright Daniel Fox/Lumina Studio.

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Underwritten in Part By

Underwritten in Part by DSF Charitable Foundation
Underwritten in Part by Laurel Foundation
Underwritten in Part by UPMC
Underwritten in Part by UPMC Health Plan
Underwritten in Part by Vitro Architectural Glass

Photos © Ed Massery, Daniel Fox/Lumina Studio, Annie O'Neill, Paul g. Wiegman

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