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Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is ignited with elevated events this season! The world premiere of Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture is the highlight of from April 29-October 29, 2023. Included with Garden admission; free for members. 

  • Five intricately designed, allegorical sculptures accompanied by poetry invite a journey of self-discovery and connection with others and the natural world.
  • This is the premiere exhibition of New York City-based artists Kate Raudenbush and Sha Michele in a friendship born from the legendary Burning Man community.
  • Each piece is intentionally designed to be in dialogue with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s landscape.
  • Most of the sculptures invite guests to step inside. With heights reaching up to seventeen feet, they serve as portals to other worlds of thought, meaning, and healing.
  • Evening hours: Dramatically lit from within, the Incanto sculptures offer multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night. The Garden has evening hours May 3-Oct. 28; Wednesdays through Saturdays; until 9 p.m.
  • Community Partners: on the second Friday evening of each month (May-September), the Garden collaborates with Gallery 5 and other community partners (WRIR radio, Art 180, Richmond Young Writers, Classical Revolution RVA, PLF, The Art of Us Studios) on programming related to the Incanto exhibit. Second Friday of each month in May-September, starting at 6 p.m.

About the Artists
Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture is a collaboration of two artists and two art forms: the sculpture of Kate Raudenbush and the poetry of Sha Michele. Currently living and working in New York City, Kate Raudenbush and Sha Michele’s friendship began in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, at Burning Man in 2000. The idea for Incanto was born in the silent spaces of solitary self-inquiry during the global pandemic of 2020. 

About Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The nonprofit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people through plants to improve communities. To learn more, visit