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Colorful Steel Sculptures Featured At Penn State's Arboretum

Saturday is opening day for Sculptures in Steel, a solo art exhibition at the Penn State Arboretum. 

If you visit the arboretum between now and October, you may find brightly colored surprises among the greenery: gigantic sheets of steel -- some folded into cranes, some inflated and floating in the pond, and others looming next to flowering trees.

Robert Anderson says his sculptures are inspired by nature and compliment this exhibit’s natural setting.

"I am trying to lean more and more towards making the shape of the inflated pieces more of an organic shape that you’ll find in nature," Anderson said. "And I like the movement in the sculptures, because when you go out in the nature, nothing is really static."

The arboretum’s Shari Edelson says the exhibit is the first in a series of collaborations with the Palmer Museum of Art.

"One of the things that we’re trying to do here at the Arboretum is fulfilling our vision of the arboretum as a home for the arts and humanities," Edelson said. 

Saturday’s opening will feature free guided tours and children’s activities.   

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