Trains, Trestles & Traditions at the Krohn Conservatory

Trestles, Trains & Traditions, the annual holiday exhibit at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, is on display now through 6 Jan 2013. Hundreds of poinsettias, cyclamen and evergreens form a backdrop for miniature trains and trolleys that travel past Cincinnati landmarks.

How meta; the Krohn at the Krohn:

A freight train goes over the iconic Roebling Bridge that spans the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Covington:

Union Terminal and the Taft Museum of Art:

Italianate buildings in Over-the-Rhine:

Do these structures seem a bit odd to you? If you look closely, you can see that everything is made from natural materials, from locally gathered twigs to seeds to pieces of bark:

I think this is the Mt. Adams Incline with the Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in the upper left:

The Ault Park Pavillion:

This grand old house next to a waterfall actually reminds me of Ithaca:

Immediately afterward, I got my tubes tied. Okay, not really but, if you’re wondering where all the screaming kids are hanging out these days, they’re at the Krohn with their obnoxious, camera-wielding monster-parents.

I would have never set foot in here were it not for the NYT article Master Designer of a Whimsical, Shrunken City, which is about a similar, larger display currently on view at the New York Botanical Garden. This is the first time in a while that I won’t be going home for Christmas, so I was disappointed to read about the work of Alexandria, KY-based Applied Imagination, which I wasn’t going to see in person.

Oh, but duh… A quick look at the company’s schedule revealed that there are two holiday displays in Cincinnati, this one at the Krohn and another at the Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens.

The architectural models are absolutely exquisite, and examining them closely is incredible. Paul Busse, who heads Applied Imagination, trained as a landscape architect and now has a staff charged with the highly specific hunting and gathering required to source all the natural materials used for construction.

Rabid ankle-biters be damned, I highly recommend Trestles, Trains & Traditions or any of the other Applied Imagination exhibits.

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3 thoughts on “Trains, Trestles & Traditions at the Krohn Conservatory

  1. Seriously, I can’t stress enough how crazy and amazing this is. My photos really don’t do the displays justice.

    I read somewhere that Applied Imagination is going to be featured on KET soon; I assume this would be on “Kentucky Life” but haven’t been able to find any specific information. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for it.

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