Botanical Garden Kaleidoscope Bob Ade

Imagine creating kaleidoscopic images from your garden blossoms, foliage and scenic landscape. The Botanical Garden Kaleidoscope is a 4″ x 22″ teleidoscope in a powder coated aluminum case. It is mounted on a post and base. The base has wheels that allows it to be relocated without lifting.

Key to the images is a 100mm crystal sphere that captures the views and brings them into a 3 mirror system.

The case can be tilted or rotated and will stay in that position until you change it.

It is designed for indoor or outdoor use in a private yard, municipal park, public gardens or territorial view point.

The first installation has just been made at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky. These gardens are the subject of the redevelopment of a 23 acre landfill on the Ohio River waterfront in Louisville. They plan to move the portable scope to various locations as blossoms and foliage change seasonally throughout the gardens.

You can visit the gardens on the internet at




Kaleidoscope Created: 2021
Kaleidoscope Sub Type: Sculptural/Oversized/Outdoors
Type of Edition: Open Edition
Dimensions: 4" Diameter x 22" long case on a 48" post mounted on a 27" base plate.
Kaleidoscope Construction: Metals
Metal Type: Aluminum case and post, steel base
Number of Mirror Systems: 1
3 Mirror, 3 Point
Mirror System: Equilateral

Cell/Object Type: Crystal Sphere
Image features: Full Field
More Information about this scope

Overall weight is approximately 90 pounds. It is shipped in 3 sections and is easily assembled following detailed directions.

Only tools required for assembly are 2 allen wrenches (provided).

Two clevis pins connect the sections and have a hole for inserting padlocks if desired which will prevent unwarranted disassembly. Locks are provided.


Maintenance: 1.  Occasional cleaning of  face smudges from viewing window. 2. Apply white lithium lubricant to hinge joints about 4 times a year with a q-tip. Lubricant provided.


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