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Paul Villinski: Flight Patterns + Jennifer Angus: Flying Jewels & Other Lofty Insects

March 29 through August 18, 2024

This spring, as temperatures and hopes begin to rise, our featured sculpture exhibitions also reach upward. Meijer Gardens’ Sculpture Galleries will be transformed with installations by two individual artists—Jennifer Angus and Paul Villinski—who both explore the lofty realms of flight. Together their works transport visitors to new heights of sensory experience and imagination.

Jennifer Angus, Mattress Factory, 2020.

PAUL VILLINSKI: FLIGHT PATTERNS

The art of Paul Villinski explores the dynamic aerial realm and various notions of “flight”—literal and metaphorical. A licensed pilot, Villinski gives form to assorted airborne bodies, including butterflies, birds, airplanes and aspiring humans. To create his sculptural work, Villinski enlists a range of found materials: aluminum cans become flocks of patterned butterflies; used knives transform into feathered wings; old vinyl LPs morph into songbirds. These discarded objects are reborn in works that honor their past lives while compounding their identity to address serious subjects such as addiction and environmentalism. A highlight of the exhibition is a scaled-down World War II B25 bomber airplane suspended from the ceiling. In Villinski’s hands, this vessel of destruction is transformed into a vehicle of hope: Instead of bombs it drops food and brings attention to the widespread condition of food scarcity. 

Paul Villinski. Gyre, 2017. Aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe. 80” x 80”x 9”

JENNIFER ANGUS: FLYING JEWELS & OTHER LOFTY INSECTS

Insects are the prime medium of internationally exhibited artist Jennifer Angus. Composing the small creatures into kaleidoscopic room installations, Angus highlights our mixed relationship with these ubiquitous beings. With insects pinned directly to walls in repeating patterns that reference both textiles and wallpaper, Angus’ installations speak to ideas of domestic comfort and the unseen world of dust mites, germs, and bacteria. The jewel-like quality of insects is showcased in shimmering bell jar tableaux and in glowing jelly jars set in windows with the effect of stained glass. Through such reverent—even holy—presentations, the vital and threatened insect population is given its proper due. Angus’ recent work has drawn inspiration from the Victorian era and is fueled by her fascination with the multifaceted nature of insects that are at once exotic, grotesque, and enchanting. Her original installation for Meijer Gardens takes the iridescent green wings of the “Jewel Beetle” as her aesthetic departure point.

Jennifer Angus, Untitled, 2015. Bell jar, insects, mixed media.

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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scheduled maintentance

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! 

Holiday Hours

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