Giant heads on display at Desert Botanical Garden

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Giant heads you have to see to believe are headed to the Valley this week.

The monumental installation, called Phillip Haas: The Four Seasons, opens this week at the Desert Botanical Garden.

It is a set of four 15-foot fiberglass sculptures created by American artist and film-maker Philip Haas.

The giant heads were inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo's renaissance paintings of the four seasons, comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

The colossal figures are created with  flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, trees, bark, branches, and twigs. They are organized to create four human portraits, each representing one of the four seasons.

"I started the Four Seasons project wanting to bring Arcimboldo's renaissance painted nature imagery into the 21st century physical world," said Philip Haas. "I can't think of a better venue than the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix to inaugurate the American tour of this work, where the sculptures will arrive in the New World, resting amid the cactus, having fled their earlier homes as paintings in European museums."

Haas' feature film Angels and Insects (1995), set in Victorian England, was nominated for an Academy Award and the Cannes Film. Some of his other feature films include The Music of Chance (1993), and Up at the Villa (2000), starring Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, Derek Jacobi and Kristin Scott Thomas.

You can check out the installation on display in the Garden's Stardust Foundation Plaza from now until April 28, 2013.

Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, $8 for children 3-12 years of age, and free for Garden members and children 2-years-old and younger.

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