The Flint Institute of Music commissioned the "Le Jardin les Enfants" to fill the entryway of their building. The sculpture was placed in the center of a handicap ramp and stairway, and is visible through windows from the exterior of the building as well. The high visibility of this project required that the sculpture be bright, eye-catching and engaging to visitors.
The Flint Institute of Music searched for the right piece of art for their entryway for a long time before they discovered April Wagner and commissioned her to create "Le Jardin les Enfants." Therefore, April worked within the existing environment to conceptualize a garden of blooms that is "Dr. Seuss meets Little Shop of Horrors."
The Institute of Music brings in students of all ages on a daily basis, so April wanted to create a whimsical piece that would appeal to children and their parents. The resulting garden is full of vitality and life, and fits well in a fine arts institution where creativity abounds. April chose to place a mirrored base under the garden in order to add another dimension to the sculpture. In the center of the handicap ramp, the sculpture is placed in such a way that all visitors can engage with it.
This project was completed April 2011.
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