An Afternoon of Inspiration at Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum, located about 25 miles west of Chicago, currently has a beautiful outdoor sculpture exhibit, Steelroots, featuring the work of artist Steve Tobin. The exhibit is a reminder that just as interesting as the parts we do see are the parts we don’t immediately see, roots in this case, but I’m also thinking of seeds in a piece of fruit, the insect life under a rock, or the world beneath the surface of a pond or other body of water.

As Tobin does not name the majority of the sculptures, my kids and their friends had fun coming up with a name for each one based on what they saw in the piece. The sculptures will be on exhibit through January 31, 2010. I am lucky enough to live just several miles away from the Arboretum so I plan to go back this winter when snow is all around the sculptures.


If you visit with kids in tow, the Arboretum boasts one of the best children’s gardens around; right now, the toad nursery is teeming with baby tadpoles.

Now, to take the exhibit one step further and go back to work in my studio feeling a bit more inspired than I was several hours ago!

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