It’s that time on my blog again where I get all gushy mushy about visiting the Phipps. The current installation titled Super Natural is by artist Jason Gamrath. It consists of huge glass and metal orchids, pitcher plants and venus fly traps intermingled through the greenhouse rooms for a brilliant display of color and texture. Disclaimer – lots of photos ahead.
The breathtaking instillation wasted no time getting starting with these 12 foot sculptures.
Flanked by potted white orchids this piece truly was super natural in the main greenhouse.
Giant pitcher plants line the greenhouse leading to the orchid room.
In addition to the feature exhibit the Phipps itself looked spectacular, the ever changing scene lends this feeling of experiencing it for the first time every time.
They even cultivate all their own orchids, cherry picking the very best for the orchid room.
I loved the delicate details on this one.
Pitcher plants tucked in the ferns. It’s always a toss up when I ask myself which room is my favorite; orchid or fern. One is bustling with color, the other like some lush oasis.
The butterfly room was all a flutter none of them sitting still for a photo. Yes cheesy, I know – but at least I’m owning it.
My favorite of all the giant orchid sculptures was this orange one nestled in the corner of the butterfly room. Like a little, or great big, surprise when I walked around the corner. I hope they get to keep it!
More orchids that speak to the name of the exhibit – Super Natural.
I wish I had a better picture of this one where the deep purple and white flecks were noticeable.
Giant waterlily. Interesting – One of the first exhibits in this very greenhouse, dating back to 1895, featured giant amazonian lily pads. There is even a picture of a girl in Victorian dress standing on one!
About ten years ago there was another glass sculpture instillation by artist Chihuly, the Phipps managed to acquire some of the pieces. One of my favorites – the “swirly purples”, as I like to call them, are tucked into a defunct old fountain in the fruit and spice room.
The Dessert Gold Star hangs just inside the entrance to the dessert room. I always wonder how they clean it, I mean seriously.
If ever you are in Pittsburgh go visit the Phipps. As you can see the well maintained Victorian greenhouse and grounds are nothing short of amazing.
Want to learn more about the fascinating history behind this Victorian greenhouse? Even see the picture of the girl standing on the lily pad. Check here.
Even better, want to take a virtual tour? Check this page out!
Let me know what you think, I would love to hear if any of you have visited the Phipps yourself!