The towering “Double Allium” sculpture stands 12 feet tall and sits along the walkway to the Nevin Welcome Center. The work features graceful leaves crafted of metal and closed blooms in purple glass.
Jenny Pickford, a contemporary artist blacksmith based in the United Kingdom, created the sculpture to illustrate the co-existence and co-dependence of strength and fragility in the natural world. Its whimsical qualities are inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and aim to invoke childlike awe and wonder toward nature.
Anne Simon Moffat ’69 and husband Keith Moffat, a professor at the University of Chicago, commissioned the sculpture, which was dedicated June 8, 2020, during Cornell’s annual Reunion weekend. Anne Moffat was celebrating her 50th reunion.
Pickford designs her sculptures for outdoor installation, where they draw attention to the natural beauty around them. Cornell Botanic Gardens’ sculpture is her first permanent installation in the U.S. and her first sculpture in the double allium form.
Towering ‘Double Allium’ installed at Botanic Gardens
Anne Simon Moffat ’69 and husband Keith Moffat commissioned the sculpture, which was dedicated June 8 during Reunion weekend.
“Double Allium” installation
View this time-lapse video of the sculpture as it is being installed by our construction crew.