The Arboretum is hosting an exhibition in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens featuring sculptures by UW Art Department graduate students. Seen/Unseen is a collection of large-scale, site-specific installations highlighting natural ephemera that are often overlooked. Each work is created to inspire dialogue between sculpture and site, inviting viewers to examine their environment and the forces at play more closely. Together, these sculptures suggest a thoughtful, symbiotic approach to human interaction with the natural world.
To experience Seen/Unseen, visit the middle of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens near the maple and horse chestnut collections. The exhibition will be on view until early November (weather dependent).
The public is welcome to get close, gently interact, and respectfully touch. Please do not move, roughly handle, or sit, stand, or climb on any of the artwork.
Sculptures on View
Meg Wilson, MFA Candidate
Refugial Habitat in Miniature, 2023
Waste sticks, waste stump, waste construction materials, willow
This refugium in miniature – assembled pieces collected from yard-waste refuse piles and wands from coppiced willow – gestures to a queered concept of waste as possibility and waste assemblages as sites of survivance in present socio-environmental-political scenes.
Carolyn Spears, MFA Candidate
Wind Drawing Device, 2023
Wood, canvas, sand, string, stick
This sculpture collaborates with nature to create one-of-a-kind drawings, highlighting the ways our environment is constantly moving and changing all around us. Viewers are invited to gently interact with this artwork by using their hands to smooth the sand for a fresh drawing or to give the stylus encouragement on a non-windy day.
Paulina King, MFA Candidate
Sky Meadow, 2023
Mirror, rebar, wood
Sky Meadow is composed of mirrors floating on metal frames, each offering a unique view of the surrounding environment. Its composition will change with the seasons, encouraging exploration, discovery, and a return to the childlike wonder instilled by the natural world.