Competition to Name a Unicorn Statue in Miami Beach Botanical Garden Begins

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Miami-based botanical artists Plant the Future have donated a unicorn statue to Miami Botanical Gardens, but it is missing a name. The creators are holding a competition for the general public to name the unicorn.

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We have always loved the Miami Beach Botanical Garden – a true jewel designed by Raymond Jungles! It is an honor to have one of our living sculptures be part of the garden and we hope it will inspire people, young and old, to connect further with the beauty of nature,

Plant the Future and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden announce the donation to the Garden of a unicorn botanical sculpture by Paloma Teppa. This living sculpture is a symbol of the growing relationship between Plant the Future and the 2.6-acre subtropical garden. The donation was celebrated with an opening reception on Thursday, May 17th.

“We are excited to welcome the whimsical unicorn to the Garden. Collaborating with Plant the Future allows us to further our commitment to inspire youngsters to embrace nature,” said Executive Director of Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Sandy Shapiro.

The unicorn is a representation of the magic in a garden. The sculpture features living Sansevieria Cylindrica plants as the mane and tail of the unicorn. The Sansevieria has immense strength as a plant, one which even withstands hurricanes.

"We have always loved the Miami Beach Botanical Garden – a true jewel designed by Raymond Jungles! It is an honor to have one of our living sculptures be part of the garden and we hope it will inspire people, young and old, to connect further with the beauty of nature," said Yair Marcoschamer, Chief Executive Gardener of Plant the Future.

To engage the community, the Garden and Plant the Future have agreed to organize a contest to name the unicorn. For the first stage of the contest, children under 18 are invited to propose names until Sunday, June 17th. A panel will then select a short list for the public to vote on the winning name. To submit names for the unicorn and for more information regarding the contest, visit https://www.mbgarden.org.

In addition to the sculpture donation, Plant the Future announced plans to create regular children’s workshops at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden inviting kids to use their imaginations, connect with nature and experience biophilia. Biophilia is the innate love for the natural world, deeply rooted in our biology and felt universally by humankind.

“One of our goals in collaborating with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is for children to interact with plants and see the magic that a garden holds,” said Paloma Teppa, artist and Plant the Future founder and Creative Director. “I can’t imagine a better garden for our Unicorn to discover and for all visitors, artists, and kids to be inspired to create, dream, laugh, and enjoy the magic! May this be the first seed for our growing relationship with Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Together we believe in a greener, more sustainable and conscious Miami.”

About Plant the Future

Plant the Future is a botanical art gallery and nature-inspired design firm based in Miami, Florida. The company was founded in 2008 by Paloma Teppa, industrial designer and artist, and her husband, Yair Marcoschamer, eco-entrepreneur. Their mission is to embrace and promote Biophilia by fusing design, architecture and art with nature. Over the past ten years, Plant the Future has evolved into a leading destination for botanical art, unique plant arrangements, landscape architecture and interiorscape design. For more information, visit http://www.PlantTheFuture.com or follow PTF on Instagram (@PlantTheFuture) and Facebook (PlantTheFuture).

About Miami Beach Botanical Garden

The mission of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, the arts, and interaction with the natural
world. Our garden is a unique, subtropical oasis of beauty and tranquility within an urban setting—a community resource that engages, inspires, and refreshes our visitors.

About Paloma Teppa

Paloma Teppa, born in Córdoba, Argentina is a Miami-based artist and founder of Plant the Future. Trained in industrial design, she melds her botanic knowledge to produce innately interactive installations that unravel multisensory experiences composed by nature’s pure colors, textures and sounds. Her work explores the relationships between ecosystems and urban life, and situates her practice within a context of mutual concessions among plants and humans, where she evokes the viewer to reestablish a flouted connection with earth‘s living objects.

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