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Sculptor to discuss ‘Art and Place’ in Sept. 25 lecture

Terra Verte installation 3 cubes-h
Terra Verte is on display at the Georgia Museum of Art through May 2015.

The Georgia Museum of Art will host the lecture “Art and Place” by Scottish sculptor Patricia Leighton Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is open free to the public.

Leighton has been creating large-scale projects that focus on human interaction with the natural environment for more than 25 years. She will discuss Terra Verte, the exhibition of her work on display in the museum’s Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden through May 2015. The exhibition consists of six elevated cube frameworks of steel filled with plants that change color and texture with the seasons.

“The combination of stark, geometric forms made from steel and the textured, flowing plant material they contain make Patricia Leighton’s work an exceptional complement to the garden,” said Annelies Mondi, deputy director of the museum and curator of the exhibition.

Leighton’s designs are reminiscent of the Scottish hills and mountains where she grew up and the ancient sacred sites she has visited while traveling throughout Great Britain and Continental Europe.

Working with teams of engineers, architects and landscapers, she seeks to capture the ever-changing landscape and ageless presence of each environment in which she creates art. Her work has been displayed in Scotland, England, Wales, South Korea, the U.S. and Bulgaria.

“Stone Levity,” a sculpture by Leighton’s husband, Del Geist, is installed in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex quad through May 2015.