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Penn State Arboretum

Submitted by April Seeley Dodson

Client: The Penn State Arboretum

Location: State College, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team


Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes Design


Worked with The Pennsylvania State University and Architect/Designer Emmanuel Didier to create this world class Children's Garden at The Penn State Arboretum. Project included a cavern with replicated stalactites, an oculus, and dig area for children as well as a stream bed, oversized fossilized corral replicas and several interactive permanent sculptures.


The main goals were to illustrate, highlight and educate residents and visitors about the impact water had on shaping the geology in the region as well as to introduce all visitors to the natural beauty of the area and the native wildlife and fauna occurring around them.


Working directly with the wonderfully educated Penn State staff involved on many levels as well as an incredibly thoughtful and talented architect all brought our areas of expertise and talents together to create a world class Arboretum.

Additional Information

It was one of my favorite projects working amongst so many knowledgeable and talented professionals both at the University and otherwise. Emmanuel Didier is always inspiring, motivating and a pleasure to work with.