Grounds for Sculpture

George Segal's "Depression Bread Line" Photo © Louis J. Bruno

George Segal’s Depression Bread Line at Grounds for Sculpture.
Photo © Louis J. Bruno

Accessible sculpture in a lavishly landscaped setting. Some major pieces, like George Segal’s Depression Bread Line, lots of stuff reminiscent of first rank sculptors like Rodin and Moore, and plenty of contemporary art that’s just plain fun.

The grounds — 44 acres worth — at Grounds for Sculpture are not just background noise. The walks, groves, arbors, plazas, ponds and gardens vibrate with artfully disposed plantings worthy of a world-class botanical garden.

The sculpture, some in a permanent collection, some on tour, is mostly contemporary, some edgy, some cheeky, some pushy, all grabby. Not for lovers of classical sculpture, but perfect for everyone else. We saw families with kids, seniors, young couples, and art students, all smiling, some laughing, some dancing to the sound of sculpture.

Grounds for Sculpture is not DeCordova, not Pepsico, and not the Stanford Art Museum. It is lush, entertaining landscapes populated with 250+ sculptures ranging from the kitschy to the sublime.

Looking for the Met outdoors? Get over it. Looking for fun, get with it.

The negatives? We think Grounds for Sculpture could benefit from an integrated plan for landscape architecture, and we’d like to see more curatorial material on the identifying plaques, (Not everybody likes/uses audio tours.)

About Louis J. Bruno

I studied English and psychology at Columbia College and stayed at Columbia, doing postgraduate work in psychophysiology, then teaching and doing research for several years. To keep the wolf from the door, I migrated into retail sales and management, at first for Radio Shack, briefly for Savemart, and finally for Newmark & Lewis. When N&L collapsed, I went into business for myself, providing sales, service, and maintenance of computer systems; designing, hosting, and maintaining websites; providing custom software, mailers, and database services to the real estate industry; and serving as a business consultant. My interests include writing, traveling, jogging, swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, photography, history, art, jazz, swing, country and classical music, investing, management theory, civic activism, sustainability, particularly energy conservation, good government, the environment, and technology. And more to come, I hope.

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