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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 6, 2006

Wildflower Center will unveil outdoor sculpture installation by Austin Green Art

On March 23rd, 2006, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin will present the opening of "Sculpture in the Wild," an outdoor exhibition of limestone sculptures to be showcased in the Center's newly created outdoor art gallery.

"Sculpture in the Wild" will feature large-scale works created by renowned stone sculptor Randy Jewart, and is presented in partnership with Austin Green Art.

"This exhibition provides a whole new dimension to the Center's visual and educational experience," says Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Center. "Austin Green Art represents our ideal of letting nature inspire our creativity. To present bold, beautiful art in the context of our native landscape is a real thrill."

Jewart, an Austin-based sculptor featured in international collections, publications and exhibitions looks forward to the challenge of placing art in this unique outdoor setting.

"There is nothing typical or predictable about this site; that makes it a truly compelling opportunity to create a powerful visual experience," explains Jewart.

To introduce the new exhibition, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will host a premiere reception on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free to the public and will feature guided sunset tours of the Center's grounds, live music, refreshments and artist's remarks by Randy Jewart. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Executive Director, Susan Rieff, will share opening remarks.

"Sculpture in the Wild" will be the first in a semi-annual series of outdoor exhibitions to be installed at the Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, and will build on the Center's acclaim as a cultural icon and family destination.

For additional information about "Sculpture in the Wild," visit austingreenart.org or www.wildflower.org.

About Austin Green Art:
Austin Green Art is a nonprofit initiative to envision, create and install public artworks that reflect Austin's love of environment. Through collaborative experiences called "Interactivities," Austin Green Art promotes the concept of Sustainable Culture.

About the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and the late Helen Hayes, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to protecting and preserving North America's native plants and natural landscapes. Our mission - to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants - guides all that we do. Every day, the Wildflower Center's horticulture, landscape restoration, plant conservation and environmental education programs bring life to Mrs. Johnson's vision in our gardens and natural areas, and with projects across North America.

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