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flora&faunavisions + Tacoma Arts Live present
Friday, May 19, 2023 – October 1, 2023
Wednesdays – Sundays | Times vary
Select days and available sessions by following the ticket link below.
Children 3-6: $12*
Children under 2: FREE
All Access Pass: $100**
Family four pack: $95 weekdays, $115 weekends for two adults and two children 18 and under
Third Thursday of each month is half off standard admission from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sensory Sessions: 10:00 a.m. first Thursday of each month, 3:00 p.m. first Saturday of each month
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*Ticket must be purchased over the phone or in person at the Box Office
**An All Access Pass is good for 1 person. Includes unlimited attendance to Utopian Garden. You may redeem your pass for 1 ticket to unlimited sessions. Must be picked up with Valid ID matching name on the account. A person can purchase multiple All Access Passes. A welcome email with detailed instructions on how to redeem will come within 1-2 business days.
Sensory-friendly sessions are offered twice per month to provide a welcoming space for guests with sensory sensitivities, neuro-divergent people, and their families. Dimmed projector lights and reduced sound provide an inviting place to explore, play, and learn for anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed, less stimulating version of the art experience. Sensory-friendly shows are the first Thursdays of every month, at 10:00 a.m., and the first Saturdays of every month, at 3:00 p.m. In September, it will be the second Saturday.
Facilitated 90-minute workshops are held every second and fourth Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Topics will vary. Patrons with a ticket can return to attend a workshop.
Play and Dream the World You Want in Utopian Garden
Enter a fantastic state-of-the-art projection experience celebrating art, science, and nature. Utopian Garden is a place where you can play in a stunning fantasy realm, brought to life by the designers of flora&faunavisions from Berlin, Germany. This family fun exhibition is a joyful, colorful, mind-blowing journey that inspires and uplifts all who participate. The dynamic multi-sensory audio-visual landscape transports you to a world you’ve never seen before, and kindles the creativity to build a better future. This journey is a time and a place to explore, experiment, or to observe the beauty of co-creation. Move around the room and interact with the garden, or sit comfortably on a bench to take it all in. Come see for yourself!
Utopian Garden kindles creativity and curiosity with learning opportunities for all ages in a stunning, simulated environment. Influenced by ideas of revered visionaries ranging from Ada Lovelace and Carl Linnaeus, to Claude Monet, and many others. Following a guided storyline, participants actively build their journey through Utopian Garden, interacting with dynamic projections in beautiful visual scenes focused on art, science, and nature – all without the hassle of VR headsets. In the tradition of immersive exhibits like Imagine Van Gogh, Utopian Garden takes the genre in an entirely new direction drawing audiences from Olympia, Seattle, and the world over.
One portion of the experience examines creativity and beauty using AI as a smart design for the future. After the tour, and to further activate imagination and understanding, guests are invited to participate in hands-on creative workshops adjacent to the exhibit. The educational workspace focuses on art, science, and nature activities geared towards sustainability and the environment.On the way to the exit, the Roosevelt Room features an art installation by Hugo Moro, a community resource table, a reading nook, a cafe and merchandise (cash and card accepted).
Utopian Garden expresses the talent and advancement achieved during 25 years of experience in the interactive design space. It is borne from a deep-seated desire to offer a beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring experience for everyone. Following the amazing success of Genius (the immersive and exploratory journey through the eyes of visionary polymath Leonardo da Vinci set to visit locations throughout Europe and the US until 2025), Utopian Garden is flora&faunavisions’ most daring and expansive project to date.
For more than 25 years, flora&faunavisions has been bringing immersive and interactive experiences to life – from exhibitions and live music shows to fashion events and stage productions. The internationally award-winning design studio is consistently at the forefront of new technologies, operating at the intersection of light, artistic media, language and digital frameworks, challenging and enriching our perception of how we absorb spaces, stories, moments and the world that surrounds us. Recent acclaimed works include stage and festival designs for the electronic musicians Solomun and Paul Kalkbrenner and curating and designing the interactive exhibition Olympus Perspective Playground, which travelled to more than ten countries. The studio also created the hit immersive experiences Magenta Moon Garden and Genius in 2021, as well as the spatial musical production Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, which premiered at the Shed in New York City. For 2023 flora&faunavisions is currently designing Wagner’s The Ring Cycle for Opera Australia, and Insideout, which will open in Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Chicago as part of the permanent WNDR Museum collection.