City of Birmingham installs year-long outdoor art exhibit | Suburban Life

Emilee Geist

Visitors of the Rouge River trails in Birmingham will notice something new as they walk from Linden Park to Booth Park.

Local artist Laurie Tennent’s botanical photographs have been installed along the trail in the year-long “City Bloom” exhibit.

Laurie Tennent

Laurie Tennent

“With galleries and museums closed due to COVID-19, offering this exhibit outdoors is really exciting,” said Tennent. “My hope is that, as people walk through nature and see these photos, they will remember to be more observant and appreciate the intricate details of plant life.”

Tennent is represented by galleries internationally and her work is part of many public and private collections, including at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the Mira Goddard Center for Photography at Ryerson University in Toronto and the Chicago Botanic Garden. 

This exhibit in Birmingham was made possible through a partnership with the Public Arts Board and the Robert Kidd Gallery.

“We encourage everyone to discover all nine of these spectacular works while walking along the Rouge River trail in Linden Park, Quarton Lake and Booth Park. We think you’ll fall in love with these new public art installations during all four seasons,” said Barbara Heller, chair of the Public Arts Board.

A map showing the location of the installations can be found at Learn more about the artist, her work and sale items at

-Monica Drake, MediaNewsGroup

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