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EXPERIENCE NEON IN NATURE


 

INTRODUCTION

 

Coming Spring of 2022! Ion Art is excited to announce our next Surreal event with the debut of The Surreal Garden at the Zilker Botanical Garden. The Surreal series is an annual interactive art experience full of fantastical pieces created by Sharon Keshishian and the Ion Art team. By integrating the exhibit into the serene setting of the enchanting botanical gardens, the already stunning art event becomes a phenomenal experience and a wonderful way to benefit the Garden. For two consecutive weekends, the public is invited to attend evening soirées in the Zilker Botanical Garden, including botanical-themed neon surrealism, interactive art sculptures, local-favorite foods, craft cocktails, live music, costumes, dancing, and much more!  

 

THE SETTING

 

Located within Zilker Park, the beautiful Zilker Botanical Garden is open to the public year-round and is enjoyed by over 150,000 visitors annually, including locals, tourists, and school children from Austin and surrounding communities.

 

This continuation of Ion Art’s Surreal series of neon art experiences will now be fully immersed in nature for the first time. It will be unlike any other! The first Surreal event in 2017 was inspired by a desire to showcase and celebrate neon as an art form. Seeking unique ways to engage with Austin’s local art scene,  an event full of the larger-than-life pieces of neon, music, and a variety of live entertainment emerged. Attracting more than 4,000 attendees in one night, Ion Art’s Surreal has been a huge success for the past three years (minus 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

 

From April 21 to April 30, 2022, thousands of visitors will flock to the Zilker Botanical Garden to experience Ion Art’s Surreal Garden.

 

Conversations regarding this experience began between Ion Art and Zilker Botanical Garden prior to the pandemic. Now more than ever, we are ready to celebrate this truly unique interactive art celebration with the largest Surreal event yet! Highlighting the beauty of the Garden with the unveiling of some incredible neon art, The Surreal Garden will amaze people of all ages. 

 

You have an opportunity to be part of this one-of-a-kind cultural experience. With your financial support, we can make this show more accessible to our art-appreciating and nature-loving community. The more sponsors involved, the bigger and better The Surreal Garden can be! Please join us in an effort to promote our natural conservancy and the local art scene with a celebration as eccentric and wonderful as our city.

SPONSOR TIERS

 

ANACACHO ORCHID: $35,000

  • Reserved and branded prime garden lounge area on VIP Night or Night of Choice

  • Unique sponsor signage designed by Ion Art

  • Sponsor name and logo with a link on ZBG & Ion Art’s website

  • Sponsor name and logo included in all event-related press releases after sponsorship is received

  • Social media shout outs on Facebook and Instagram from ZBG & Ion Art for four weeks prior to the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo at the entrance of the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo on all promotional materials: print and email 

  • Complimentary merchandise from ZBG & Ion Art

  • Twelve (12) Surreal Garden Tickets (VIP Night or Night of Choice)

  • Twelve (12) Surreal Garden T-shirts 

 

PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS: $25,000

  • Reserved and branded prime garden lounge area on VIP Night or Night of Choice

  • Unique sponsor signage designed by Ion Art

  • Sponsor name and logo with a link on ZBG & Ion Art’s website

  • Sponsor name and logo included in all event-related press releases after sponsorship is received

  • Social media shout outs on Facebook and Instagram from ZBG & Ion Art for three weeks prior to the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo at the entrance of the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo on all promotional materials: print and email 

  • Complimentary merchandise from ZBG & Ion Art

  • Ten (10) Surreal Garden Tickets (VIP Night or Night of Choice)

  • Ten (10) Surreal Garden T-shirts

 

LANTANA: $15,000

  • Unique sponsor signage designed by Ion Art

  • Sponsor name and logo with a link on ZBG & Ion Art’s website

  • Sponsor name and logo included in all event-related press releases after sponsorship is received

  • Social media shout outs on Facebook and Instagram from ZBG & Ion Art for two weeks prior to the art experience 

  • Sponsor name and logo at the entrance of the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo on all promotional materials: prints and email

  • Complimentary merchandise from ZBG & Ion Art

  • Eight (8) Surreal Garden Tickets (Choice of Standard Nights)

  • Eight (8) Surreal Garden T-shirts

 

ESPERANZA: $10,000

  • Sponsor name and logo with a link on ZBG & Ion Art’s website

  • Sponsor name and logo included in all event-related press releases after sponsorship is received

  • Social media shout outs on Facebook and Instagram from ZBG & Ion Art for two weeks prior to the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo at the entrance of the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo on all promotional materials: prints and email

  • Complimentary merchandise from ZBG & Ion Art

  • Six (6) Surreal Garden Tickets (Choice of Standard Nights)

  • Six (6) Surreal Garden T-shirts 

 

BLUEBONNET: $5,000

  • Sponsor name and logo with a link on ZBG & Ion Art’s website

  • Sponsor name and logo included in all event-related press releases after sponsorship is received

  • Social media shout outs on Facebook and Instagram from ZBG & Ion Art for two weeks prior to the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo at the entrance of the art experience

  • Sponsor name and logo on all promotional materials: prints and email

  • Four (4) Surreal Garden Tickets (Choice of Standard Nights)

  • Four (4) Surreal Garden T-shirts 

 

IN-KIND DONATIONS

  • Accepting in-kind donations of advertising, beverages, food, entertainment, printing, rentals, etc.


 

A portion of the proceeds of the Surreal Garden event will benefit the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy (ZBGC), a 501c(3) established in 2015 to advance the capacity and status of Zilker Botanical Garden. The Garden is now managed as a public-private partnership between the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the ZBGC.