October 17, 2019
Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel, community leaders and funding partners gathered inside the lobby of the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory to officially open the new Conservatory Connector. The $552,000 project links the Conservatory to the lower level of the Embassy Theatre, the Grand Wayne Center, the Fort Wayne Hilton, and other downtown destinations. Read more...
April 30, 2019
The Botanical Conservatory Connector will connect the Botanical Conservatory, The Embassy, the Grand Wayne Center, the Tin Caps complex and parking structures. A new garden will be created behind the Conservatory between the Conservatory and The Embassy as part of the project. A new, steel, 25-foot sculpture called Wild Vine will arch across the entrance—from the electronic message board to the lobby entrance. Wild Vine will symbolize the power of plant life and will serve as a focal and meeting point downtown.
Artist: Cary Shafer
We anticipate the sculpture construction to start late summer.