The Morton Arboretum’s Next Big Art Installation Is Incredible!
PHOTO: Morton Arboretum. Sculpture artist Olga Ziemska’s previous work, Stillness in Motion, was created in 2002 for the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland.

You’ve seen the trolls.

You’ve walked through the faces of Human+Nature.

Coming up next for our local champion of trees will be an art installation called “Of the Earth” featuring designs by Polish-American artist Olga Ziemska (remember that name, we’ll get to that!).

The displays will be open to the public starting May 26, 2023.

In Polish, Ziemska means “of the earth” and her work will be truly custom to the location in which it will be displayed. Her work will be created from reclaimed tree branches and other natural materials gathered from various locations throughout the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ziemska said that some of the Arboretum’s tree-filled landscapes inspired her because they reminded her of the landscapes of Poland, where she has previously lived and regularly visits her family.

Ziemska said that her aim is to remind people, “Everything in life is derived from the same basic elements that form everything in nature, including ourselves. There is no separation.” This will be the Cleveland, Ohio-based artist’s largest public exhibition to date.

The exhibition will run through spring 2025. More information and exhibition updates are available on the Arboretum’s website at mortonarb.org.

The Arboretum’s current exhibition, Human+Nature, will officially close at the end of February 2023, while some of the eight sculptures by artist Daniel Popper will still be on view into March.

Please read more about the arboretum and the art at MortonArb.org.