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Volume 5, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

Dustin Gimbel’s SCULPTURAL BOTANICA is summer art installation at Sherman Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens, now open to the public, is displaying SCULPTURAL BOTANICA, a new summer art installation by Dustin Gimbel, now through September 15.

Gimbel, a landscape designer and sculptor based in Long Beach, combines his lifelong interest in plants and more recent obsession with ceramics to create SCULPTURA BOTANICA, a sculptural exploration of plants and plant structures created exclusively for Sherman Library & Gardens.

Some of the sculptures highlight aspects of plants that may not normally grab one’s attention, while others are sheer flights of fancy. 


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Sherman Library & Gardens presents “SCULPTURAL BOTANICA” by Dustin Gimbel

Many of the pieces are meant to recall the moment when one first “meets” a plant in person...and that sense of awe. Verticality plays a large role, as the towers and totems allow the visitor to still appreciate the gardens in which the sculptures stand. Many of the sculptures are site specific, designed to fit in, and are inspired by, the surroundings at Sherman Gardens. 

To create the artworks, Gimbel employed a variety of ceramic techniques, including wheel throwing, handbuilding, slabs, extrusions and slip casting. Most of the pieces were fired to cone 5 (2,167 degrees Fahrenheit). He had the help of a studio assistant eight hours a week during the nine months creating the pieces for the exhibit. The totems are supported by either galvanized pipe with a removable concrete footing or rebar that has been pounded into the ground. Wander throughout the gardens to view the 176 sculptures.

The installation is free to view with garden admission. Members of Sherman Gardens enjoy unlimited admission for the cardholder and a spouse or partner.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information and tickets, visit

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