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Mermaids, a dragon, a sea serpent: New Lauritzen exhibit is 'a visual sensation'
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Mermaids, a dragon, a sea serpent: New Lauritzen exhibit is 'a visual sensation'

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Fantastical Folklore

The "Fantastical Fairy House Tower" is featured in Lauritzen Gardens' new "Fantastical Folklore" exhibit. The exhibit runs throughout Lauritzen's indoor gardens and is open until May 9.

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As warmer weather welcomed people outside, Lauritzen Gardens gave visitors a chance to experience nature through folklore.

The botanical garden’s newest exhibit, called “Fantastical Folklore,” is open until May 9. The exhibit, which trails throughout Lauritzen’s indoor gardens, includes mermaids and dragonflies on the water, a dragon climbing around a water feature and a sea serpent that winds its way though the garden.

Mia Jenkins, Lauritzen’s director of marketing, said the exhibit is the perfect way to get people back into nature.

“There is something around every corner,” she said. “It’s a visual sensation, and, much like a garden, everyone sees things differently and has their own favorite installation. It’s a celebration of visual arts and of nature.”

yara_ma_yha_who_ matthew shrader

The Yara-ma-yha-who, a legendary creature in Australian Aborigine mythology, inspired Matthew Shrader's artwork for the "Fantastical Folklore" exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens.

“It’s really pretty, and we love learning about the different folklore,” she said.

Lareesa Greunke of Madison aid she appreciated the unique art styles throughout the exhibit.

“I was driving down here for errands and saw pictures online and decided to stop and see it,” she said. “I love how colorful it is and the different styles and mediums of art.”

Sea Serpent by Chris Kemp

Part of Chris Kemp's "Sea Serpent," in the conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens.

Jenkins said the exhibit was brought to life by 13 local artists from Hot Shops Art Center, as well as garden staff.

“This is an exhibit that was created by the community for the community and is something that you won’t see anywhere else,” she said.

“We were also inspired by the fact that these tales come from all over the globe,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for us all to learn a bit about how people and nature are interconnected.”

Guardians of the Transformation by Dan Toberer and Maureen Manga

Dan Toberer and Maureen Mangen created "Gardens of the Transformation" for the "Fantastical Folklore" exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens. Thirteen local artists were involved in the exhibit.

“Fantastical Folklore” is included with paid garden admission ($10 plus tax for adults and $5 plus tax for children ages 3-12) and is free for garden members and children 2 and under.

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