Prepare for the Members Only Presale for the 2015 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series!

The 2015 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lineup has been announced and the members-only presale begins on Saturday! Once again, we’re bringing you a wide mix of performers, including classic rock, pop, comedy and Dancing with the Stars. 10_Amphitheater Garden2_Hebert As the members-only presale on Saturday, April 25 at 9 am approaches, we want to make sure members are prepared for the online sale*. For the best selection, we recommend purchasing tickets online at We worked with Star Tickets to address past problems and to make this process more efficient. We want you to be best equipped to get the tickets you want, so here are four ways to prepare for the online member presale:

  1.     Renew Your Membership or Become a Member

Along with experiencing the beauty of Meijer Gardens year-round, two of the many membership perks includes discounted concert tickets and first dibs during the member presale. If you’re not already a member, we suggest becoming one ASAP prior to the presale. This also applies to membership renewal. Learn more about the different membership choices or renew online by clicking on renew in your membership category.

  1.     Find and Write Down Your Member ID Number

After becoming a member or renewing your membership, you’ll be given a member ID number. In some cases you will be given a temporary ID that will work until you receive your membership card in the mail. Jot down the number or keep your card on hand for the day of the presale. Below is where your ID number is located if you have a card. This number is very important! It will need to be entered during the ticket buying process on in order to receive access the presale and the price discount per ticket. If you are a member and have lost your ID card or don’t know your number, please email in advance of the presale. Due to the volume of questions received the day of the presale, it’s best to plan ahead and know your ID number.

  1.     Create a Star Tickets account

Another important step to prepare is creating an account on the Star Tickets website. This is different than your Meijer Gardens login. Your Star Tickets login information is only used on as your concert-buying account. If you already have an account, you do not need to create a new one. BUT be sure you know your password and have updated credit card and account information before the sale. create an account Creating a Star Tickets login before the member presale will cut down on time the morning of the sale.

  1.     Know Your Concerts Beforehand

The entire concert schedule has been released. Make a list of your favorites and prepare to log on to when the presale begins on Saturday, April 25 at 9 am. If you wish to purchase tickets to multiple shows, at the end of each concert selection, pick “Add Another Event” at the bottom of the page and repeat the process. When you’re done purchasing all of your tickets, only then select Continue to check out. StarTickets_Add Another Event1 Currently, we allow our members to purchase tickets to multiple shows without a set limit, but please note, we do monitor for signs of resale if large quantities of tickets are purchased per show. This has not been an issue in the past and we continue to take note of your concerns about this issue each year. Looking for more info? We’ve created an Insider’s Guide to buying concert tickets and concert FAQs. Check it out!  *Please be aware that there are Star Ticket fees are associated with purchasing tickets online as compared to in-person at Meijer Gardens.

20 Remarkable Years, Unforgettable Moments – Part Two

The past 20 years have produced innumerable, remarkable moments at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Here, we share five more of the most memorable moments in our 20-year history:  AmericanHorse

October 7, 1999: The American Horse by Nina Akamu A total of 4,800 guests witnessed the dedication of The American Horse, a 24-foot-tall sculpture created by Nina Akamu that pays homage to a never-completed design by Leonardo da Vinci. The addition of the sculpture increased visitation fivefold in October and fourfold in November of that year. Over a decade after its installation, the sculpture continues to drive visitation to Meijer Gardens. SculptureGalleries

September 17, 2000: Sculpture Galleries Open The addition of indoor galleries provided opportunity for changing exhibitions and enhanced the collections program. Two exhibitions premiered in the new sculpture galleries: Richard Hunt: American Visionary and Imaging the Divine: Religious and Spiritual Themes of Marshall Fredericks. Historical2

January 10, 2001: Acquisition of Eve Eve, by Auguste Rodin, was unveiled as the cornerstone of the permanent collection. She was displayed indoors and then unveiled again the following May in her permanent home in the Sculpture Park. Rodin used an Italian woman as the model for Eve, and many of his later projects, as he greatly admired her statuesque and muscular form and her ability to hold an unorthodox or non-academic pose through which he could manifest dramatic narrative and emotional power.


October 27, 2001: Carnivorous Plant House The Kenneth E. Nelson Carnivorous Plant House opened with one of the largest carnivorous plant collections in the nation. Carnivores on display include the Venus flytrap, colorful pitcher plants, sundews and butterworts. Today it remains the only publicly displayed plant collection in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to carnivorous plants.


May 16, 2002: Sculpture Park Dedication Home to a majority of our permanent sculpture collection, the Sculpture Park opened to the public with six of the international artists represented in the permanent collection present for the dedication. The Sculpture Park has since captured the attention of the art world with thoughtfully created installations of major works by an ever-growing roster of artists.

Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens 2015 Full Lineup

It’s here! The 2015 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens full lineup is finally here.

We are excited to announce another year of great summer tunes that includes 90s vibes from Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray and Eve 6; new stars like Mat Kearney, Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri; Classic Rock favorites like Grand Funk Railroad, The Doobie Brothers and The Steve Miller Band; and revered acts like The Beach Boys, The Temptations and Tony Bennett.

Check out the full lineup below and mark your calendar with your favorite concerts!


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Wednesday, June 3
$ 47 Presale | $50 Member | $52 Public
Known as “The American Band,” this top selling American rock group still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape nearly 45 years after its birth in Flint, Michigan. Mega-hits “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful” still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio.

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Indigo Girls
Wednesday, June 17
$49 Presale | $52 Member | $54 Public
Together Amy Ray and Emily Saliers write, arrange, record and perform music which over the course of 25 years has become a vital part of the lives of their legion of devoted fans around the world. The iconic duo’s impressive body of work includes “Galileo,” “Shame on You” and “Go.”

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Michael Franti & Spearhead with Nattali Rize & Notis
Thursday, June 18
$40 Presale | $43 Member | $45 Public
Michael Franti is recognized for his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead.  The collective musicianship of Natalli Rize, known for her high energy live performances, and Notis, one of Jamaica’s premier live bands and cutting edge production crews, combine to create a hard hitting super fresh live show.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sunday, June 21
$37 Presale | $40 Member | $42 Public
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.

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Gary Clark Jr.
Wednesday, June 24
$35 Presale | $38 Member | $40 Public
With the release of his debut album “Black And Blu,” Gary Clark Jr. became the first artist ever to receive  Grammy® Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home.”

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The Del McCoury Band and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Monday, June 29
$45 Presale | $48 Member | $50 Public
The Del McCoury Band is a Grammy® award winning bluegrass band and national touring act. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are a unique banjo duo who creates a one-of-a-kind pairing with one-of-a-kind possibilities.


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An evening with Pink Martini
Friday, July 3
$44 Presale | $47 Member | $49 Public
Drawing inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers.


The Doobie Brothers with Lara Johnston
Sunday, July 5
$72 Presale | $75 Member | $77 Public
Four-time Grammy® winning Doobie Brothers sound has become a part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol” and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. Lara Johnston’s powerful voice, dynamic stage presence and soulful pop songs have captivated music audiences worldwide.


Mat Kearney with Judah & The Lion
Monday, July 6
$36 Presale | $39 Member | $41 Public
Mat Kearney is known for his unique blend of hip-hop and folk. His album “Young Love” debuted at number one on the Billboard digital chart and number four on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Judah & The Lion is a modern pop band with an old school feel.

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Patty Griffin & Mavis Staples and Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
Thursday, July 9
$42 Presale | $45 Member | $47 Public
Patty Griffin is a Grammy® winning singer, songwriter and musician best known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered on the folk music genre. Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music for over six decades. Amy Helm, the daughter of musical legend Levon helm, wields a powerful voice.


Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Monday, July 13
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Four-time Grammy® winner Pat Benatar remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a living legend. Her husband, Neil Giraldo, changed the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s.

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The New Pornographers with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Wednesday, July 15
$30 Presale | $33 Member | $35 Public
Canadian rock band The New Pornographers were named by Carl Newman after watching a Japanese film called “The Pornographers” and learning about a band called “The New Seekers.” Fascinated by the names, Newman fused the two together to create the bands unique, head-turning name.

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Steve Miller Band
Thursday, July 16
$87 Presale | $90 Member | $92 Public
One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 40 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio.


Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri
Sunday, July 19
$58 Presale | $61 Member | $63 Public
Colbie Caillat has been honored with two Grammy® Awards and sold over six million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. Her breakthrough hit “Bubbly” remains one of the best-selling digital tracks in history. Christina Perri entered the music scene with her hit song “Jar of Hearts.”

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Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion America The Beautiful Tour
Wednesday, July 29
$70 Presale | $73 Member | $75 Public
One of America’s most beloved radio hosts and acclaimed humorists, Garrison Keillor has been honored with a Grammy® and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Brandi Carlile with Anderson East
Thursday, July 30
$44 Presale | $47 Member | $49 Public
Brandi Carlile reached mainstream success with the release of her self-titled, debut album after being named as one of 2005’s “Artists to Watch” by Rolling Stone. Anderson East is a dynamic artist who fuses modern sound with the rich undertones of his southern roots.


The Beach Boys & The Temptations
Friday, July 31
$72 Presale | $75 Member | $77 Public
Debuting more than 50 years ago, The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic American rock ‘n roll bands of all time. The Temptations have propelled popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world.



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An evening with Harry Connick, Jr.
Sunday, August 2
$90 Presale | $93 Member | $95 Public
Showered with awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances, and for his achievements on screens and the Broadway stage, Harry has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world.

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An evening with Diana Krall
Monday, August 3
$78 Presale | $81 Member | $83 Public
By any standard this five-time Grammy® Award winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world. Respected as a wildly successful recording and performing artist, Krall remains a true musical force.


An evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Wednesday, August 5
$63 Presale | $66 Member | $68 Public
Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the 1980s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him, as his multi-layered songs incorporate elements of jazz, folk, and pop into a country framework.

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An evening with Dancing with the Stars
Thursday, August 6
$68 Presale | $71 Member | $73 Public
ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” is in its 10th anniversary season with an all-new celebrity cast braving the dance floor for the first time. After the conclusion of the season, a select number of contestants will go on tour to cities all over the United States.


An evening with Umphrey’s McGee
Sunday, August 9
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
Umphrey’s McGee are more than just a rock band- through nearly two decades, they have proven to be on the cutting-edge of both music and technology super-serving their fans through a community that stretches from the Campus of Notre Dame to the hallowed halls of Abby Road.


Under the Sun Tour featuring: Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker & Eve 6
Monday, August 10
$50 Presale | $53 Member | $55 Public
Sugar Ray created several of the most infectious summer singles of the late 90s including “Fly” and ”Every Morning.” Better Than Ezra, propelled to stardom in the early 90s with the release of their debut album “Deluxe.” Uncle Kracker reached fame with the 90s hits “Follow Me” and “Drift Away.” Eve 6 hit success with their single “Leech.”

Styx Portrait Shoot

Thursday, August 13
$64 Presale | $67 Member | $69 Public
Styx has forged an indelible legacy both on record and on stage and continues to conquer the planet one venue at a time. Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early 1970s, Styx hit its stride with “Crystal Ball.”

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An evening with Vince Gill
Friday, August 21
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
Known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five).

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Brian Regan
Wednesday, August 26
$50 Presale | $53 Member | $55 Public
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.


Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Thursday August, 27
$53 Presale | $56 Member | $58 Public
An assemblage of some of Cuba’s most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club’s origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians.


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O.A.R with Allen Stone
Wednesday, September 2
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
O.A.R. transformed itself from an independent college band to a billboard chart-topper over the course of a long, varied career.  Allen Stone went from being a soul singer from Chewelah, WA to selling out venues where the audience is bigger than his hometown’s entire population.


John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio
Friday, September 4
$48 Presale | $51 Member | $53 Public
John Hiatt & The Combo are a fusion of rock & roll, country, blues and folk. Taj Mahal, a two-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, singlehandedly redefined blues with the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.

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Monday, September 7
$105 Presale | $108 Member | $110 Public
Seventeen-time Grammy® Award Winning Tony Bennett reached success in the 1950’s with hits like “Rags to Riches,” “The Good Life” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” More than six decades later, Bennett remains relevant, having sold over 10 million records in the last decade alone.


The members-only presale will begin on Saturday, April 25 and close Friday, May 8 at midnightsales will resume for members and the public on Saturday, May 9 at 9 am. For more information, head to our Concert Page and click the ticket tab.


What concert(s) are you looking forward to most?

20 Remarkable Years, Unforgettable Moments – Part One

On April 20, 2015, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will observe its 20th anniversary. The past 20 years have produced innumerable, remarkable moments. Here, we share five of the most memorable moments in our 20-year history:


1993: A Vision Takes Shape

Approached by one of the area’s major garden clubs, Fred Meijer was intrigued by the notion of creating a botanical garden and infusing it with a significant sculptural presence. He and his wife Lena generously donated 125 acres of land, their entire sculpture collection, and a major gift to the initial $13 million capital campaign, planting the seed for what is now nationally known as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.


1994: Topping Off Ceremony

The Groundbreaking of Meijer Gardens began in August 1993, with construction beginning immediately thereafter. Nearing completion in 1994, a topping off ceremony took place. Fred and Lena Meijer, along with staff and volunteers, signed the top of the last beam before it was put into place.


April 20, 1995: Grand Opening

After a ribbon cutting ceremony with Fred and Lena Meijer, President and Mrs. Ford and Governor Engler, Meijer Gardens opened to the public with the Lena Meijer Conservatory, the DeVos Family Gift Shop, the café, the Hoffman Family Auditorium, the Peter M. Wege Library, and the Hauenstein and Pfeiffer meeting rooms. The Victorian Garden, the Wege Nature Trail, the Frey Boardwalk, the Gardener’s Corner Gift Shop and the Christmas Around the World exhibit opened later that year.


1996: Debut of Butterflies Are Blooming

The very first Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition was held March 16-31, 1996. More than 50,000 visitors flocked to see thousands of tropical butterflies fly free in the Lena Meijer Conservatory. It became Meijer Gardens’ second exhibit to be held annually.


July 14, 1999: Installation of Aria

This monumental work by Alexander Liberman was dedicated at its new location along a newly developed, half-mile sculpture trail. It stands more than 42 feet enabling viewers to walk around and though the sculpture and references the artists admiration for architecture.

Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan Exhibition Spotlight- Spring

Throughout the course of Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite works of art from the exhibition and providing a more in-depth look at some of our favorite pieces.

This week we’re featuring three remarkable pieces from Phase Two of the collection, which will be on display March 28-June 4, and is devoted to themes of spring:

Kitchen model

This meticulous work is on loan from the Museum of Omihachiman City—Grand Rapids’ Sister City in the Shiga Prefecture. It is a perfect scale model of a traditional Japanese kitchen and its wide range of instruments and utensils. Originally, it would have been commissioned by a wealthy merchant family for young children. More than simply a toy, it would have been essential to their success in future life. Note the complete mastery of numerous materials in wood, metal and ceramic, which replicate everyday objects in minute detail.

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Shōwa Period, 20th Century
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Collection of Omihachiman City
Courtesy of The Museum of Omihachiman City

Koto Ware

Koto Ware, a highly refined form of ceramics from Shiga Prefecture, flourished in 19th century. The kiln where this nest box was created opened in 1842 in the city of Hikone, and produced luxury items until 1862. The delicacy and decoration of Koto Ware was the antithesis to the irregular shape and earthy colors and textures of Shigaraki pottery.

This multi-tiered stackable box was meticulously made and decorated by hand. The square shape and flat bottoms of each level would have been difficult to create and could only have been produced by an artist of the highest skill. It originally functioned as a type of luxury lunch box perhaps given as a royal gift and used only for special guests.

The namesake decorative elements of the peacock and peony are found across the exterior. Such forms were undoubtedly influenced by the art of China. So too, the use of porcelain with blue underglaze also evidences an interest in Chinese art and pottery.

Koto Ware, Nest of boxes with peacock and peony
Edo Period, 19th Century
Porcelain with blue underglaze
The Museum of Shiga Prefecture, Biwako-Bunkakan

Dainnichi Nyorai

This figure represents the central deity of Esoteric Buddhism. Simply put, he represents the Supreme Buddha seated atop the iconic lotus flower. Traces of gold leaf can be found across the surface of the cast bronze figure suggesting the prominence of the sculpture. An extremely rare loan from the Binman-ji Temple, this sculpture is among the oldest objects on display in this exhibition. Located in the rural city of Taga Town, this temple was one of the most visited and prosperous temples of medieval Japan (13th-16th century).

The firmly seated position and contemplative demeanor are iconic for Buddhist statuary. Although the body and floral form are decidedly iconic, there is a strong vertical structure to this composition. One can easily follow a visual central core that stretches from the conical headdress through the torso of the figure down to the pedestal upon which the Buddha rests. Such a strong central core grants the illusion of monumentality to the sculpture.

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Kamakura Period, 13th Century
Cast bronze
Collection of the Preservation Meeting of Binman-ji Temple’s Historic Relics and Culture
Courtesy of the Museum of Taga Town


Throughout the course of Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan, we will be featuring some of our favorite works of art from the exhibition and providing a more in-depth look at some of these pieces.

This week, we’re featuring two beautiful kimono from the collection:

Kimono, Flowers

The tradition of the kimono carried through the 20th century and increasingly became more of a pictorial art form rather than a functional object. This example is by the master designer and artist Moriguchi Kakō, recognized as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese Government during his long career. In many ways he elevated the art form in the postwar period with many of his works considered so significant they were shown on exhibition rather than worn on special occasions. Depicted are flowing branches of plum blossoms, which are traditional reminders of springtime. The material was hand dyed in an ancient tradition the artist learned in Kyoto and continued in his workshop in the city of Moriyama in the Shiga Prefecture. This is one of three original kimono designs by Kakō that will be on display over the course of the exhibition.

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Moriguchi Kakō (1909–2008)
Shōwa Period, 1983
Yuzen style dyed, silk
The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga

Kosode Kimono with young pine trees and flying cranes

This full kimono from the 18th century served as a bridal dress, and was passed down for generations in a single family in the mercantile city of Omihachiman. The blue silk was tediously hand knotted and tie-dyed to create the expansive design of flying cranes and young pines. Both traditional symbols in Japanese culture, the birds represent long life and the trees stand for resilience as well as longevity. As a bridal gown, this garment would have originally had long flowing sleeves that were shortened at some period to be worn by a married woman throughout her life. This rare loan will be the last public exhibition of this kimono owing to the fragility of the centuries-old silk. This is one of three traditional kimonos that will be on display over the course of the exhibition.

Kosode Kimono with young pine trees and flying cranes
Edo Period, 19th Century
Tie-dyed figured silk
Collection of Omihachiman City
Courtesy of The Museum of Omihachiman City

Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan Exhibition Spotlight – Sculpture

Throughout the course of Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite works of art from the exhibition and providing a more in-depth look at some of these pieces.

This week, we’re featuring two pieces of sculpture from the collection:

Buddha at Birth

This rare sculpture from the 8th century describes the infant Buddha. According to tradition, the infant took seven steps from his mother, pointed to the heavens and declared he was venerable on both heaven and earth while under his feet lotus flowers bloomed. The sculpture describes a very young figure pointing to the heavens with his right hand and to the earth with his left hand; beneath his feet is a stylized representation of a lotus flower. Figures such as this were placed on display at festivals celebrating the Buddha’s birth on April 8. Then, it would have been surrounded by flowers and sweet tea poured over the figure. The latter possibly accounts for the surface colors seen today.  On loan from the Daiko-ji Temple, it is one of several Buddhist devotional figures and accessories which will be on display over the course of the exhibition.

Buddha at Birth
Nara Period, 8th Century
Cast bronze
Collection of Daiko-ji Temple
Courtesy of The Museum of Shiga Prefecture, Biwako-Bunkakan

Seated Senju Kannon

The ancient bronze shown above,Seated Senju Kannon, is on loan through the Kannon-ji Temple located on the shores of Lake Biwa in the center of the Shiga Prefecture. It represents the God of Mercy who, according to Buddhist beliefs, has the highest rank after the Buddha himself. The figure is described with multiple arms at his sides and multiple heads atop his head symbolizing a thousand armed and a thousand eyed deity capable of managing everything in the universe and able to save all situations in the world. A subject of great devotion, this deity also appears frequently in traditional paintings from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Careful observation of this bronze form reveals traces of gold leaf indicating the sculpture was at one time completely gilded. This is another of the several Buddhist devotional figures and accessories that will be on display over the course of the exhibition.

Seated Senju Kannon
Edo Period, 17th Century
Cast bronze
Collection of the Kannon-ji Temple
Courtesy of The Museum of Shiga Prefecture, Biwako-Bunkakan

Click HERE to learn more about our Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan exhibition.