Topiary plays the concertina

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

Montgomery’s newest topiary was unveiled last week. His partner is pictured in the background. (Wade Young photo)

Montgomery’s newest topiary plays the concertina while dressed in floral Czech attire. His dancing partner is also made of flowers and plays the tambourine.

The partner to Montgomery’s female topiary was unveiled on Friday and was displayed at the Arts and Heritage Center on Saturday. It was again designed by Discovery Plus “Clipped” winner Meghan Petricka and her husband, Christopher.

Between the two, they have a combined weight of 300 pounds of steel and are made up of 6,000 artificial flower heads, preserved moss, birch bark, and natural jute to complete the look. The life-size figures rest on platforms with casters for easy moving.

Petricka was more than happy to spend upwards of 20 hours building the dancers because they are unique to Montgomery and because she hopes they will help promote the community.

“This is a great way to give back to my hometown and to show my love for what I grew up with,” she said. “We’re trying to keep getting Montgomery on the map with more and more reasons to stop in and see what we have, from Franke’s kolackies to the historic district to the Arts & Heritage Center. The heritage of the area is important to share. And who doesn’t love colorful, beautiful flowers?”

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