Oct 9th, 2021

Poems of Positivity

Each year we try to add something new to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.  I mean we love our old favorites like the peacock and the maze, but it’s nice to have something new to look forward to too! This year, we are excited to announce a partnership with Orlosky Studio to bring three community-created Poems of Positivity art installation sculptures to life.

Poems of Positivity art from Orlosky Studio. Text says: A Community Coming Together with Positive Intent.

One of the things we are most excited about is that YOU, our members, fans and community, will be able to help us contribute to the art by telling us in a few words what makes you feel positive. The folks over at Orlosky Studio will take your answers and incorporate them into sculptures like the ones shown here.  You may remember Orlosky Studio because they’ve worked with us on art installations in the past.  In 2017, we partnered with Art on Wheels, the organization they founded to bring you the Sand Pendulum during the Wild Art exhibition. They also had a piece in the Healing Garden during GardenFest 2018.Poems of Positivity sculptures by Orlosky Studio at this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Poems of Positivity

What we love about this is the focus on positivity! Everyone has something that makes them feel more positive and visitors of all ages can participate and share what that is. We hope that when you walk by these installations they remind you of something happy and rewarding in your life. We’re hoping to create an upward spiral of positive emotions that you take with you when you go. Positive emotions are contagious and when you see these sculptures and smile, someone else will see you smiling and smile. In fact, it has been said that it is easier to catch an emotion than it is to catch a cold.

So, why not pay it forward and share with us some of your favorite words for creating positivity? Just tell us, in a few short words, what makes you feel positive. Your response could be included in one of the Poems of Positivity sculptures at GardenFest this year! Be sure to submit your answer soon, the form will be open through October 15, 2021.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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