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Gigantic sculpture of spirit to walk through


Opening April 9, 2021

The Morton Arboretum’s next major exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), will highlight the deep connections between people and trees.

Trees and nature have the power to refresh and recenter us, and reconnect each of us to the living world. When people care for trees, trees give back fresh air, shade, and beauty. Foster your love of trees and plants, while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, as you explore large-scale sculptures created by South African artist Daniel Popper.

Built to create a sense of awe and wonder, five massive sculptures will be featured with the backdrop of the Arboretum’s magnificent and mature tree collections. Each grand in size and appearance (20-25 feet tall), the sculptures are crafted especially for Arboretum visitors. 

The installations will include a towering interpretation of a Mother Nature figure welcoming Arboretum visitors to interact by walking inside the sculpture, large-scale human hands, diverse human facial traits interwoven with root structures, and a symbolic opening of the human heart. 

Watch for more special updates leading up to the exhibition opening next year.

Human+Nature will be included with Arboretum admission.

About the Artist

Daniel Popper is a multidisciplinary Cape Town artist known globally for his larger-than-life sculptures and spectacular public art installations. He is most acclaimed for his massive public art installations, including the memorial sculpture for the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and sculptures for popular events such as the Boom Festival in Portugal and Rainbow Serpent Festival in Australia. Human+Nature will be his largest display to date. 


Photo: The towering installation, Ven a la Luz (Come into Light), was installed in Tulum, Mexico in 2018. Photograph by Phoebe Montague.