The ‘Eyeboretum’ Is Coming Back to Downtown Dallas, and It’s Gonna Get Eclipsed

The trippy, surreal, all-ages "imaginative outdoor garden" experience is back again April 5 through April 14 in honor of Dallas Arts Month. And this year the Eyeboretum will be even trippier for lucky ticketholders who already bought up a time slot on April 8—when a total solar eclipse will darken Dallas magically.

A year ago, The “Eye”—a work by Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset in a sculpture garden on Main Street in downtown Dallas—became the temporary center of a surreal, artsy installation experience called the Eyeboretum. Well don’t blink, because the Eyeboretum is about to make a return appearance to its site across the street from The Joule Hotel. 

Opening April 5 through April 14, the installation is presented by the Headington Companies and The Joule in celebration of Dallas Arts Month. Headington Cos.’ The activation at The Eye also celebrates the Dallas Art Fair with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the group’s education programs for a next generation of artists.

The walk-through experience in an “imaginative outdoor garden” is designed to feel like you’ve wandered into a fairy tale. It will feature “interactive spaces to spark your imagination, themed bars, and larger-than-life botanical scenes.” 

Tickets to the all-ages event are now available, with general admission beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are also available for from 4 to 6 p.m. on select days, and a closing night Garden Party is slated for Saturday, April 13. Kids tickets are free, via a sponsorship from the Sewell Automotive Companies. For more info, visit the Eyeboretum web page.

Eyeboretum eclipse event is already sold out

Like many places across North Texas, the Eyeboretum is offering a special viewing experience for the April 8 total solar eclipse, as if that event won’t be trippy enough all by itself. Unfortunately, the eclipse event is already sold out. But in case you can finagle your way in somehow, it’ll be happening on the lawn in front of The Eye, and will be open to ticket holders only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The eclipse will be at its awe-inspiring peak of totality from 1:40 to 1:44 p.m.) Attendees at the eclipse event will be able to enjoy the Eyeboretum, snag cocktails and snacks at cash bars, and get complimentary glasses for viewing. 

Eyeboretum parking

During the run of the Eyeboretum, metered street parking is available downtown and additional parking is available in nearby garages such as the Santander Tower Garage, DalPark, SP+ Parking Garage, and Elm Garage. In case of inclement weather or any other cancellation, ticket holders will be notified via email with further instructions on how to exchange their ticket or receive a full refund, according to the presenters.

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