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forest of dreams: contemporary tree sculpture

October 20, 2023 through February 25, 2024

Forest of Dreams: Contemporary Tree Sculpture offers unexpected visions of these remarkable organisms, showcasing trees in all their power, beauty, strangeness, and glory.

The exhibition features the work of 15 exceptional artists: Emilie Brzezinski, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Cave, Kim Cridler, Tom Czarnopys, Michele Oka Doner, Peter Frie, Hugh Hayden, Jim Hodges, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Robert Lobe, Roxy Paine, Rona Pondick, and Ai Weiwei.

about the exhibition

Forest of Dreams: Contemporary Tree Sculpture offers unexpected visions of these remarkable organisms, showcasing trees in all their power, beauty, strangeness, and glory.

This engaging and timely exhibition unites the diverse work of national and international artists to explore the multifaceted associations and dimensions of trees—from metaphorical and ecological to the mythological and personal. Forest of Dreams delves deep into the intricate realm of trees and invites guests to reevaluate their relationship with nature and the living world around them.

Trees, as a source of life and as symbols of growth and connectivity, have always held a profound place in human culture and consciousness. Bringing a vast range of materials and methods to the subject, the artists in this exhibition convey the full power and poignancy of trees. Several hybrid sculptures, combining human and tree anatomy, serve to remind us of our close kinship with these complex botanical beings.

The exhibition features the work of 15 exceptional artists: Emilie Brzezinski, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Cave, Kim Cridler, Tom Czarnopys, Michele Oka Doner, Peter Frie, Hugh Hayden, Jim Hodges, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Robert Lobe, Roxy Paine, Rona Pondick, and Ai Weiwei.

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Exhibition Partners

This exhibition is made possible with the support of:

  • Bill Padnos and Margy Kaye
  • Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
  • Sculpture and Botanic Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Michigan Arts and Culture Council, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Townsquare Media

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HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

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Please note: The Curiosity Courtyard will be closed for maintenance between January 29 and February 7. We apologize for the inconvenience.

weather update

As of Monday, January 15, guests can enjoy our indoor galleries and gardens as well as limited outdoor pathways. Our team is actively working to clear additional pathways. 

Change of hours notice

In appreciation of our staff’s unwavering dedication and hard work throughout the year, we will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, to celebrate. Guests can enjoy Meijer Gardens from 9 am – 5 pm. 

We wish you a joyful New Year! 

Change of hours notice

In appreciation of our staff’s unwavering dedication and hard work throughout the year, we will close at 5 pm tonight (Tuesday, January 16, 2024), to celebrate. Guests can enjoy Meijer Gardens from 9 am – 5 pm. 

We wish you a joyful New Year! 

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We are closed on December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1. 

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended holiday hours until 9 pm on December 18-22 and 26-30.

Extended Member Early Hours

Members can enjoy early morning hours on Sundays 9-11 am from November 26 through January 7.

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE