2021: Patterns Unfolding with “OrigamiintheGarden²”

“Patterns Unfolding” is Reiman Gardens’ 2021 theme.


Photo caption: “Botanical Peace 2” by Kevin Box part of “OrigamiintheGarden²”

In 2021 we take time to reflect, connect, and celebrate what ties us to nature, and to each other.  In spring we welcome blossoming bulbs and the sculpture exhibit “OrigamiintheGarden²,” both representing a labor of love, patience, and the power of the human spirit.  Like origami, nature folds and unfolds in breathtaking ways.  From planting schedules and natural cycles to balance in form and structure, you’ll see universal patterns reflected in our garden displays and mesmerizing holiday lights.  The living earth repeats its many shapes in all colors and shades. It gives us healing herbs and a sense of peace we hope to share as you seek respite and enjoyment in tranquil places and programs we’ve cultivated for you this year.

“Mirror, Mirror on the Phal” in the Hughes Conservatory

January 23 – May 22 

Phalaenopsis orchids are like faces: if divided from top to bottom, one side reflects the other. Such symmetry occurs throughout nature. Just look around – mammals, insects, and many leaves exhibit this quality. Where can you spot symmetry? Of course, another place to see a reflection is in a mirror. The Evil Queen in Snow White made famous the phrase, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” We think nature presents us with the greatest beauty, whether symmetrical or not. We see it reflected in the drama of a sunset, the simplicity of a Phalaenopsis, and even within ourselves.  At the start of 2021, we invite you to reflect and seek all the beauty you can find. Even just by looking in a mirror.


"White Bison" by Kevin Box

“White Bison” by Kevin Box and Robert J. Lang 

“OrigamiintheGarden²” sculpture exhibit

May 22 – November 14
“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”   – 
Tuli Kupferberg 

Paper is a sacred material.  Derived almost exclusively from plants, it helps us record and share our histories, create works of art, and upon our faces it can even help to keep each other safe. This large-scale origami exhibit was created by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box in collaboration with renowned origamists Robert J. Lang, Michael G. LaFosse, Te Jui Fu, and Beth Johnson


“Painted Ponies” by Kevin Box and Te Jui Fu

Capturing the delicate nature of the paper art form in museum-quality metal, each piece transcends the temporary to become archival – rich and lasting, like stories we tell across cultures and time.  Practicing origami requires persistence and an understanding of the process, packed with precise angles and folds often unfolded to create new pathways.  The emerging patterns surprise and inspire, while finished forms offer fresh perspective and a space for contemplation.   



A Garden Mandala in the Hughes Conservatory

Opening May 29

From the Sanskrit, meaning “circle,” mandalas have roots in Eastern religions such as Vajrayana Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism as objects of deity devotion through visualization and meditation.  Interpreted externally, mandalas may serve as a visual representation of an ideal universe, or internally as a personal guide for meditative practice.  We share with you this mandala made from earth materials in hopes to provide a sacred space for quiet reflection.  

Mandala Corridor 

Opening May 29

As you traverse the main hallway to and from the Conservatory, eight willow mandalas hang in each window section as an invitation to look deeper – both inside and outside.  Created by local artists Pam Dennis & Ryk Weiss, these works of art are surrounded by smaller mandalas made by volunteers from natural materials collected at Reiman Gardens.