The Essence of the Arboretum

"Harmony," by Victor Bakhtin, one of seven murals in the Visitor Center theater

Along the walls of the orientation theater, in an alcove off the lobby of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center, hang seven murals illustrating the history of the land on which they rest.

Each of the nearly six-foot-long paintings vividly depicts a segment of the Arboretum’s history, from its ancestry underneath the melting glaciers to a vision of a sustainable landscape. Composed by Victor Bakhtin, a Russian artist, the paintings capture the spirit of the Arboretum, says Gregory Armstrong, the former director of the Arboretum.

Read the full UWMadScience blog post by Mason Muerhoff, March 13, 2018