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Philip Haas’ ‘Four Seasons’ on display through April at Pinecrest Gardens

Artist Philip Haas pictured with Spring, Winter and Fall.
Artist Philip Haas pictured with Spring, Winter and Fall. For the Miami Herald

Pinecrest Gardens has nabbed its biggest exhibition yet: For the next six months, visitors to the municipal botanical garden will also get to see a monumental installation by world-famous artist-filmmaker Philip Haas.

Four Seasons, arguably Haas’ best-known artwork, features four, 15-foot busts made from fiberglass fruit, vegetables, and plants.

The sculptures are a modern take on a series of paintings by 16th century Italian Renaissance master Giuseppe Arcimboldo – but Haas says that unlike with a lot of contemporary art, you don’t really need to get the reference to enjoy the work.

“The transformation of commonplace material into portraiture I think is really intriguing for anybody,” he said.

Pinecrest Gardens director Alana Perez says she’s been trying to acquire the exhibit for more than two years.

“I saw that art as completely cross-over. It says something to the classist when they relate it to Arcimboldo, it speaks to the history of this place, it speaks to the vegetation and foliage here …and it’s got that whimsical quality that children so love,” she said.

If you go

Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest. The exhibition runs from Nov. 16 to April 6. Admission is $5 (children 2 and younger get in free). Four Seasons can be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 305-669-6990 or visit www.pinecrestgardens.org.

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