Herbal Essences hair care products has teamed up with Portraits of Hope to transform ICE at Santa Monica, an outdoor skating rink, into a luscious paradise of beautiful flowers. this art project, inspired and nurtured by Herbal Essences, is made possible by Portraits of Hope, a program that merges public art with creative art therapy for hospitalized children.

Actress Leighton Meester was spotted enjoying the art and ice earlier this week.

The skating rink will be open to the public from November 5, 2010 through February 15, 2011. You’re invited to enjoy the luscious garden under the ice and experience beauty and art blossoming underfoot.

Developed initially for seriously ill and physically disabled children, the Portraits of Hope program conceives and develops one-of-a-kind motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public art works with creative therapy for hospitalized children and civic education for students of all ages.

Portraits of Hope projects have involved tens of thousands of youth and adults in high-profile civic collaborations that have visually and spectacularly transformed everything from airplanes, buildings, and the New York City taxi fleet to blimps, tugboats, and NASCAR racecars.

To date, more than 800 hospitals, schools, after-school programs, and social service agencies have directly participated in Portraits of Hope projects and programmatic activities in addition to a wide array of adult community groups.

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