Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Bright Colors, Beautiful Scenes Await in White River Gardens
Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group is an all-new experience at the Indianapolis Zoo

by Carla Knapp

June 01, 2013

Bright, bold, beautiful colors — that’s what you’ll see from start to finish during a visit to White River Gardens and the Indianapolis Zoo’s newest exhibit, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group.

The butterflies have returned to the Hilbert Conservatory following a two-year hiatus, but this exhibit is like nothing Zoo guests have seen before. As visitors approach the White River Gardens, they’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring 3-D mural complete with vibrant oversized butterfly sculptures and a lifelike image of the outdoor gardens. Created by Colorado-based Banner Art Studio with the help of AMPeirce Cycles and the Zoo’s own Creative Services department, the mural has transformed the Gardens entrance into a work of art that offers visitors a glimpse of what awaits inside.

The highlight of the Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit is, of course, the butterflies. Hundreds of these wonderful winged creatures from nearly 40 different native and exotic species fill the Hilbert Conservatory. The exhibit continues through Labor Day, and throughout the season, roughly 13,000 butterflies will be released into the space. That means guests can expect plenty of close encounters as butterflies float nearby and perhaps even land on them!

Among the many new features of this exhibit is the giant mobile suspended overhead from the Conservatory’s 65-foot ceiling. Another creation of Banner Art Studio, this unique installation mimics the vibrant hues and fluttering motion of the butterflies. Also new to the Conservatory are the handmade glass feeders, colored glass windows and build-a-butterfly activities that are perfect for younger visitors.

The vivid colors continue as guests step outside to the DeHaan Tiergarten. The three acres of outdoor gardens are now in full bloom with fragrant flowers and blossoming trees, making late spring and early summer the perfect time to visit. And best of all, admission to White River Gardens and Butterfly Kaleidoscope is included with regular Zoo admission.