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Mid-City Messenger: "Evenings with Enrique" series returns to City Park’s Botanical Garden

sculpture by Enrique Alférez

New Orleans Botanical Garden will extend its hours to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in October to celebrate “Evenings with Enrique,” a free event series in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden beginning tonight (Oct. 7).

Each week this month, NOBG will safely welcome visitors to “Evenings with Enrique” for a special experience, viewing the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets suspended from the branches of the live oak trees. Guests are invited to purchase mojitos and food from the “Kitchen in the Garden.” Additional beverages will be available for purchase as well.

Entry will be free from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with special programming from 5 p.m. to close. The garden is located at 5 Victory Ave. in City Park, and guests enter through the Oscar J. Tolmas Building. Throughout the year, The Sculpture Garden is free to Louisiana residents each Wednesday, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

In addition to the special programming inside the sculpture garden, NOBG will offer tai chi and yoga on the lawn and meditation in the Japanese Garden during the extended hours. Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a facial covering.

About The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

Located inside New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is one of the few remaining examples of public garden design from the Works Progress Administration and showcases the Art Deco influences of three renowned talents of the era: architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and artist Enrique Alférez.

In October 2015, the New Orleans Botanical Garden unveiled The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-square-foot park featuring sculptures by the famed Mexican-American artist set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

Read the article on the Mid-City Messenger website.


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