BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS
Botanical Research Institute of Texas - Pines, Herbs, and Fruits:
The World of Topiaries
Topiaries invite us into their worlds, offering spaces of stillness, abundance, and
enchantment. They transform time through suspending us in their salubrious garden spaces.
Their uncommon and uncharacteristic forms allow us to see the plants that comprise them –
whether pines, herbs, or fruits – anew. Pines, Herbs, and Fruits: The World of Topiaries
presents a selection of pieces from the Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of
Art, with works by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Leonhart Fuchs, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Pancrease
Bessa, among others. Rare books from the Library’s collection and specimens from the
Herbarium are on view as well.
This exhibition is inspired by the outdoor display Topiaries in the Garden, on view
throughout The Garden through June 30, 2021.
About FWBG | BRIT Art Exhibitions
FWBG | BRIT presents a variety of venues across our campus in which to enjoy art related
to, and in, nature.
The BRIT building offers two distinctive art viewing spaces in the BRIT building: the
elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Upper Atrium
Collections Gallery. The Samples Exhibit Hall showcases botanical art and artwork dealing
with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world –
we highlight work by local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. The Upper
Atrium Collections Gallery features a rotation of botanical and nature-based prints from
our Library collection, including The Arader Natural History Collection of Art. We honor
and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining
the field for the 21st century.
Art can also be enjoyed throughout The Garden, with permanent outdoor sculpture installed
along our many groves, paths, and clearings. We occasionally welcome contemporary sculptors
to install large-scale artworks in our gardens for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas 76107-3400