In contrast to the curving lines of the Conservatory, a striking vertical sculpture will be installed in the center of the main pathway to serve as a portal that divides the north and south ends of the space. Walking under it, visitors will experience beautifully framed views of the new waterfall at the south end and a reflecting pool at the north end.
The Cloud Portal speaks to the upward growth of trees and plants and the misty atmosphere of a tropical rainforest especially seen at higher elevations. High pressure fog nozzles will create a fog of mist on the upper white spires of the sculpture.
Inspired by Thorncrown Chapel in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, and Cloud Arbor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Cloud Portal is designed by Scott Murase. The sculpture will also display tropical flowers and foliage and serve as a place for seasonal displays, as well as for weddings and other special events.