Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is about to open a new series of displays that take a pretty unusual tack.
They've taken a common toy and repurposed it into a fun way of teaching children about nature.

“We’ll have a exhibit called Nature Connects. It’s art with Lego bricks," said Botanical Garden Executive Director Bob Brackman. And yes, he said Lego bricks.

“There’s over half a million Lego bricks making 27  art pieces throughout the Botanical Garden,” he explained.

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The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.

"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.

So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.

"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.

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Seven institutions along the Broadway corridor have created a collaborative to showcase the art, culture and history available in a tightly-knit area north of downtown.  

The multi-level effort was first brainstormed during SA 2020 meetings almost three years ago.

"Well, we’ve been working together for a number of years, meeting and talking about how we could work together more effectively," said Dr. William Chiego, director of the McNay Art Museum.

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Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.