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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 3:00 pm | Updated: 3:10 pm, Mon Apr 22, 2013.

“The Four Seasons,” a set of four 15-foot fiberglass sculptures by American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas, are on display at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix until April 28.

The large-scale sculptures, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s renaissance paintings of the four seasons, comprise flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, trees, bark, branches, twigs and other natural elements arranged to form four colossal human portraits, each representing a season. The result has been called “at once grotesque, earthy and exuberant.”

Haas’s exhibition of film installations at the Kimbell Art Museum, “Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons,” was listed by TIME magazine as one of the top ten museum shows of 2009. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for this body of work.

After Desert Botanical Garden, all four heads will embark on a two-year tour of the nation’s botanical gardens and museums.

Desert Botanical Garden is at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. The exhibit is included with garden admission of $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and $8 for children ages 3-12. For information, call (480) 941-1225 or visit

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