Delicious Chocolate Artistry

Chocolate has been touted as an aphrodisiac and even something with medicinal value. But, chocolate as art?

Well, a 20-foot flower dome, a 20-foot cacao pod, and a large chocolate factory make The Amazing Chocolate Tree one of the more interesting exhibitions to arrive at Franklin Park Conservatory. This is the exhibit that takes visitors on a voyage that brings to life the history, process and use of chocolate around the world. Interactive displays take visitors through larger-than-life cacao plants, chocolate artifacts, an actual rainforest with cacao trees, and a fragrant chocolate garden. In addition, a chocolate factory has been designed so visitors can experience the chocolate-making process for themselves. “This exhibition will weave an interactive and playful element throughout the entire Conservatory,” says Paul Redman, Executive Director of the Conservatory. “We are thrilled that it will debut here in Columbus...”

The Amazing Chocolate Tree was jointly developed among five of the country’s major botanical gardens and offers a wide range of activities and ancillary programming throughout its tour, including: wine and chocolate tastings from around the world; demonstrations featuring hand-dipped chocolate and wine-filled candies; cooking with chocolate; learning about rainforest animals from the Columbus Zoo; cocoa therapy with sensory and body-bettering benefits and numerous lectures.

The Amazing Chocolate Tree runs through February 20, 2006. For more information about this and other arts related events, log onto