Beginning May 11th, Tyler Arboretum asks visitors to look at nature in new ways in its latest outdoor summer sculpture exhibit, Gateways to Nature.

Walk through the Wind Tunnel...see historic buildings through the perspective of a kaleidoscope...get up close and personal with steel-crafted, larger-than-life animals that prowl the Pinetum...

Susan Benarcik created this piece:
'Conditioned to See'
As part of Tyler’s 75th anniversary year, and featuring the work of regional artists and makers, many of whom have exhibited works internationally, Gateways to Nature showcases Tyler Arboretum’s landscapes with a range of original works set throughout the Arboretum.

Using an exciting range of frames, vistas, portals, and thresholds through which to step, to look, or refocus attention on nature, Gateways to Nature offer alternative experiences of art in the natural environment. Working in a range of materials, from wood, metal, and masonry, 13 creative artists and makers have provided 'gateways to nature' that you have never experienced before.

This is the Grand Arch by Karen Delaney.  It is also featured in the top
photo illustration.  These 'gateways'  invite our imaginations to step through...
and see where they take us.
The artists are:

J.D. Scott, of Williamsburg, Virginia, maker of Wind Tunnel
John Parker, Philadelphia, PA, maker of Bengal Tiger, Imperial Elk, and Flora Duet
Karen Delaney, West Chester, PA, maker of Grand Arch
Lele Galer, of Kennett Square, PA, maker of Kaleidoscope, and Heart Lock Gateway
Lisa Fedon, of Chadds Ford, PA, maker of Safe Haven
Matthew Harris, of Perryville, MD, maker of At the Garden’s Door
Parris Bradley, of Villanova, PA, maker of Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
Roman Tybinko, of Philadelphia, PA, maker of Iconostasis
Roy Wilson and Ann Hopkins Wilson, of Plymouth Meeting, PA, makers of Prayer Wheels
Susan Benarcik, of Greater Philadelphia, maker of Conditioned to See
Vanny Channal, of Philadelphia, maker of Buck of Steel, Steel Mantis, and American Steel Eagle
Williamson College of the Trades, Media, PA, makers of Brick Gateway
  • For the duration of the exhibit, Tyler’s docent volunteers will lead tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 
  • For visitors who prefer to explore alone, self-guided signage and maps will be available. 
  • Pack a picnic and pick a favorite piece of sculpture to spend time with while exploring nature through one of these different gateways. 
  • The exhibit opens to visitors on May 11th and runs until September 2nd.
  • Select images and descriptions can be found on Tyler's Website
With 650 acres of meadows, wetlands, and unbroken forest, and over 17 miles of hiking trails, Tyler is open every day for exploration and discovery, and as one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, is an important community resource and cultural destination. 

LOCATION: Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-9134