A gift to the City of Pittsburgh from philanthropist Henry W. Phipps, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened in 1893 as a source of pleasure and instruction. Today, we have transformed into one of the world's greenest public gardens, serving as a model of sustainability for the next century.
From statuary which has stood on our grounds for more than a century to the modern glass works of internationally recognized sculptors like Dale Chihuly and Hans Godo Fräbel, Phipps' art pieces and artifacts have always complemented and enhanced our renowned plant displays. With each new year of seasonal exhibitions, we seek to showcase art that is both accessible to all ages and speaks to the innate connection between people and the natural world. We have also showcased pieces across a wide variety of disciplines, featuring everything from framed photographic enlargements and interior decoration to sculpture and sound recordings. Past exhibitions include:
• Glass in the Gardens (2013), highlighting the dazzling glass creations of artists working in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania;
• Living Harmoniously with Nature (2011), in which local interior designers each put a novel spin on a classic display room using repurposed and sustainable materials;
• Life in the Gardens: Fräbel Glass at Phipps (2009), in which the whimsical torch-worked glass sculptures of Hans Godo Fräbel offered intriguing complements to classic plant displays; and
• Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens and Glass (2007), a nine-month blockbuster coupling the historic architecture of Phipps with the colors and shapes of the inimitable Dale Chihuly.
The opening in 2013 of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) — a facility for education, research and administration that is among the greenest buildings in the world — brings a new three-floor atrium with space for education courses, lectures, a gallery and more, further informing Phipps' commitment to creative expression as a means to connect people with nature.
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