French Sculptors Invade Florida Botanic Garden

French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne took over Florida’s celebrated Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden last week with an installation of more than 20 of their surrealistic and animal-inspired sculptures. Presented in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, the whimsical works are spread throughout the highly cultivated Coral Gables institution’s grounds, where they will remain on view through May 2011.

The bronze and stainless steel pieces by the modernist couple (Claude was born in 1924 and remains active, while François-Xavier was born in 1927 and died in 2008) are sited on the garden’s marvelous vistas, in its tranquil fountains and ponds, and amongst its encyclopedic collection of exotic palms, cycads, cacti, and flowering plants. From cows and fish with windows cut into the bodies to stylized gorillas, owls, sharks, and bears, Les Lalanne, as the collective is commonly known, transform the beauty and serenity of the botanic garden into a place for new discoveries and imaginary adventures.

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Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Vache Paysage (La Grande), 2006, Bronze, 49 5/8 x 84 5/8 x 31 1/2 inches, 126 x 215 x 80 cm, Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York