Morris Arboretum Credit: Will Baskin-Gerwitz , Will Baskin-Gerwitz

A new exhibit will open this weekend at Penn's Morris Arboretum, located near Chestnut Hill. 

The gallery — called Morris Arboretum in Motion: The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker — is free for anyone with a Penn Card and will be open until Oct. 9.

Lyman Whitaker will debut his gallery at a grand opening held this Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Penn Almanac. The opening event will feature musical performances by Penn students, including College junior Nicholas Escobar, who will perform a composition on the keyboard that he wrote for the Landscape Soundscape exhibit at Arthur Ross Gallery and an 8-part "Morris Arboretum Suite."

Whitaker, the featured sculptor, has been sculpting for more than 40 years and has been creating “Wind Sculptures” since the 1980s. His sculptures are “intended to make observers think about their surrounding and their own relationship to nature,” the Penn Almanac explained. 

The gallery he is debuting this weekend is composed of 50 handcrafted, wind-driven sculptures that are dispersed in small groupings and individually, ranging in height from 5 to 27 feet tall.

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