Director: Thaller Waller/ J. Brandsetter, Kurator: Manfred Keinhofer. ARTPARK is located on the top of Lenaupark City shopping mall. Started in 2006, the sculpture park has grown to include 67 sculptures by over 22 artists, in the permanent collection. In addition, there are changing exhibitions, by invitation. Most of the sculptors are Austrian, with the exception of Jonathan Borofsky (USA), Eladio de Mora (ES) and Pinuccio Sciola (IT). Contiguous with the sculpture park is an enclosed gallery, on the same level, with displays of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other media. The gallery has four annual featured exhibitions and eight events.
Ludwig Foundation Museum of Modern Art
20 er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, A-1030
The museum is very proud of its famous 3,000+ sq. meter sculpture garden
with sculptures by Giacometti, Moore, Wotruba & other international
artists on site. The sculpture garden is in the process of being included on
their web site by 2,000.
A-8010 Graz, Austria
Vito Acconci, New York artist turned architect, designed a man made island
that has turned a once polluted Mur River location into a destination for
locals and tourists. The island, connected by foot bridges, ties the shores
of the the historic city center of Graz with Mariahilferplatz. The island is
in reality, a ship, anchored in the middle of the river, and stabilized by
the footbridges connecting it to either shore. The project is a steel
reticular construction 150 feet long, The island looks like a open latticed
steel turtle floating on its back, upside down, in the river. The island is
two merging half shells. One is an open amphitheater and the other is a
covered section that houses a trendy restaurant, Insel, with great views of
the water and the city. What was designed as a temporary installation has
become a city focal point. Stunning!
Austria Tel: 04227/5119 email: email@example.com
Not for from Carinthia alps is a two mile long sculpture park that follows the Drau River. Beautiful site specific large scale outdoor landart and sculptures dot the banks of the river. The work is done by both Austrian and international artists, including: Mo Edoda, Edmund & Thomas Hoke, Patrick Dougherty, and Johann Feilacher.
Jardins des Plantes de Brussels
A wonderful garden setting in downtown Brussels includes 30 or more 19th century bronze sculptures. The sculptures were made by Meunier et Van der Stappen who also designed the gardens. The work is representational typical of the period.
Le Musee en Plein Air du Sart-Tilman
Domaine Universitaire du Sart-Tilman
Chateau de Colonster- Bat. B25
B-4000 Liege, Belgique
Tel: 32-(0)4/366 22 20,
Many thanks to Jean Housen, curator of this fabulous open air museum, for bringing it to my attention.
Opened in 1977, the open air museum is a collaboration of the University of Liege and the Ministry of Culture. Since its inception over 110 sculptures have been added to their permanent collection on the University campus.
The museum also appears to be part of the Commune francaise Wallonie-Bruxelles. The French speaking part of Belgium.
Middelheim Open Air Museum
Menno Meewis, Curator.
Over 200 sculptures by Belgium and international artists are on display in this beautifully maintained sculpture park in the southern part of Antwerp; one of the finest on the Continent. Artists represented are Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol, Medardo Rosso, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Constantin Meunier and Zadkine. In addition they have changing exhibitions. In 2000 works of Peter Rogers, Tadashi Kawamata and Christopher Fink will be on display sequentially in that order. Over 60,000 books, and periodicals are available for perusal in the Burgomaster Lode Craeybeckx Documentation Center which is also on the grounds.
The Klenova Castle
340 21 Janovice,
Tel: 420 186 692208
In the castle is one of the most famous art museums in the Czech Republic. Both pemanent and changing exhibitions may be seen. Most of the work is done by Eastern European artists. Open April until November.
Novy Les Civic Association
120 00 Praha 2
From 1717-1732 a complex of Baroque sculptures came into being, The Novy Les complex is near Kuks in Eastern Bohemia. The founder/patron was Count Frantisek Antonin Sporck and the sculptor was Matthias Bernard Braun. Eight or more sculptures depicting scenes from the bible are in various states of neglect along the roadway between Kuks and Hribojedy. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has Novyles on its 100 most Endangered list.
The web site is well done with excellent graphics and photos of of some of the sculptures. A map with links to photos of the sculpture identified are easy to follow. The association is helping to raise funds to repair the sculptures back to their original state. It is a fascinating project
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
12 miles south of Copenhagen, DK.
Opened in 1996. Situated in a new 100,000 square foot contemporary building designed by Danish architect, Soren Robert Lund. Emphasizes changing exhibitions of Scandinavian artists, but not exclusively
Krakamarken Sculpture Park
70 acre sculpture park near city of Randers in Jutland district of Denmark.
Many works by Danish artists using natural materials found on the site.
Charming museum and sculpture park half hour from Copenhagen, overlooks the Oresund which separates Denmark and Sweden, which can be seen easily on clear days. Well curated collection of international art works.
Tranekaer International Centre for Art and Nature
Tranekar Castle Park
Site specific sculptures on 60 acres include pieces by David Nash and David Goldsworthy.
Kari Huhtamo Foundation
This Autumn 22 sculptures by Finnish sculptor Kari Huhtamo were moved to his Foundation in Rovaniemi Finland. They are on a 50 year loan for exhibition on the campus of the Lapland University, in the same town. It is the northernmost University and sculpture park in Europe.
Finnish Open Air Museum
Haukivuori Lake District
Last summer summer Lucien den Arend and Marja de Jong led their first sculpture symposium "Reductive Anstraction-less is more again". Next to the sculpture park, Marja has opened the Saksala Art Radius Art Center.
Lanu Sculpture Park
Twelve enormous colored concrete sculptures by sculptor Lovai Lanu were completed in 1992. Many of them feature aspects of the human condition: hugging, and kissing each other. Some sculptures feature natural objects likea boulder, willow tree, or a twisted tree. Meandering footpaths tie the sculptures together into a park like setting. In the summer the sculptures are half covered with foliage, and snow in the winter. The sculptor wants the sculptures to merge with nature over time; eventually they will all be covered with moss and become part of the natural background. Lahti is an hour train ride northeast of Helsinki.
Pirkkala Sculpture Park
Pirkkala (Tampere) Finland
At the International Sculpture Center Fall Symposium in New Orleans 2004, I met Paul Higham, an English and American sculptor. In his resume I noticed he had exhibited in the Pirkkala Sculpture Park. I pulled it up the Dogpile search engine and found this site.
Pirkalla municipality, near the town Tempere, Finland, has sponsored two international symposiums that bring twenty plus artists, students and professional sculptors together to make on-site sculptures. Together they make castings in iron, bronze and aluminum. The workshop/symposium last approximately three weeks in the summer. In 2003 participants came from England, Scotland, Finland, USA, Estonia, Norway and Canada. For more information contact Curator Villu Jaanisco.
Read Allisonn Hunter's writing on "Pirkkala Sculpture Park," in Sculpture magazine, May, 2004.
Allison Hunter is an artist, writer, and Web designer based Houston, Texas
POAM : Penttila Open Air Museum
Seppalantie 860 51200 Kangasniemi
T +568 (0)44 264 12 12
POAM is 150 miles northwest of Helsinki in the middle of the lake country. Penttila Estate is an open field located on a sunny slope, surrounded by vast forests, facing southwest. It is the home, studio and collection of Lucien den Arend, sculptor. There are 12 large scale steel sculptures in the sculpture park, by Lucien.
Open daily 1000 until 1700. The sculptures were previously on display at the Kajaani Museum of Art. Lucien's work is in many private and public collections.
Before moving to Finland, Lucien den Arend lived and sculpted in Zwijndrecht,
Holland, near Rotterdam, on the banks of the River Maas. He founded the
St Ives Sculpture Park, a lineal sculpture park along the levees of the Maas. The park was
dedicated by Queen Beatrix in 1999, who herself is a sculptor. Over 40 large scale sculptures
are on display year round.
* Turku Art Museum,
Aurakatu 26,Turku 20100
Finland, 2 233 0954.
11 rue du Harve
75008 Paris, France
Changing photographs of outdoor sculptures in and around Paris. Links to the "Open University" project, ISELP, Bruxelles, BE. Links to out door sculpture sites in Japan, UK, USA, Mexico, and Holland. Also excellent list of books relating to outdoor art.
* Carre d'Art
New large steel/glass building overlooking beautiful Roman temple. Sculptures outside and on roof. Changing shows. A must see.
Centre d'Art Contemporain de Vassiviere en Limousin
Ile de Vassiviere, Beaumont du Lac 87120, France (Near Limoges)
Literally an island of art! Prepare to spend the day in the forest, open meadows or at the lakeside. Hunt for sculptures in wonderful nooks and crannies. Many blend in with the beautiful settings. A very poetic place in the romantic sense. Sculptures mostly by European artists like: Skoda, David Nash, Goldsworthy, Pistoletto, Kirili and Tsuchiya.
Domaine de Kerguehennec
56500 Bignan (Locmine)
tel. 02 9760.4444/ 9760.4400
Opened in 1986, this marvelous 420-acre estate, complete with chateau, arboretum, sculpture park, cafe, library and studios for artists-in-residence, and 25 acre lake, welcomes you. There is no public transportation that serves this area of Brittany. While the sculpture is the main attraction, the indoor exhibitions are well done and provocative. They include performance art as well as visual art done ell known and emerging artists.
Plan on staying the better part of a day, you will be glad that you did. Sculptures outdoors include work done by Boetti;Mario Merz; Matt Mullican; Dan Graham;Louise Bourgeois; Keith Sonnier; Richard Long and Ulrich Ruckriem.
Le Cyclop de Jean Tinguely
a Milly-la-Foret, France
Located 45 minutes from Paris, this 70 foot high sculpture of a Cyclopean silver eye, took 10 years to construct. In 1969 Jean Tinguely invited 15 artists to join him on this venture to construct this outdoor colossus. Inside a visitor will see the work of: Niki de St Phalle; Daniel Spoerri; Arman, Cesar, Soto, Larry Rivers and others.
Dungeon of Vez
1 hour north of Paris in Picardie region, near Seulis. France.
Bought by auctioneer, Francis Briest, in 1988, the dungeon was remodelled
into a museum with works by Calder and others inside. The gardens have
sculptures by Bourdelle. Open to the public.
La Grande Arche
1 Parvis de la Defense
Paris, FR Tel: 01 49 07 27 57
Deathly silent at night, a lively business center by day this 30 story high "Grand Arch" is one of Mitterand's follies. It has the prominent location of being six kilometers north of the Arc de Triomphe on Voie Triomphale. Its imposing position lines it up with the Arc de Triomphe; along the Champs-Elysees to the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde; and on a clear day free of air pollution and fumes you may also see the Louvre's Cour Carree. La Defense cannot be ignored, unfortunately.
On the esplanade are 49 luminous signals by Takis; and ceramic works by Miro. Sculptures by other international artists include: Aiko Miyawaki; Francois Morelllet; Louis Derbe; Josef Jankovic; Claude Torrincini; Raymond Moretti and Christine O'Loughlin
Essaim-Art Sculpture Garden
Beaulieau-sur-Mer, (Cote d'Azur),
Situated in small landscaped park across from the Casino and overlooking and across the street from the Mediterranean is a collection of well displayed sculptures by Arman, Cesar and other regional sculptors. Each summer the City sponsors an international sculpture competition " ;Les Festival des Arts" both in this park and on median strip of the main beachfront promenade. Benbow Bullock won 2nd prize with his painted steel "Rainmaker", in the 5th Festival in 1994; now in their permanent outdoor collection.
Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain
261 Blvd Raspail., Paris 75014. France
Located in the former American Center, and the former home of Chateaubriand, architect Jean Nouvel remodeled the structure into a glass walled cube which is severe both inside and outside. Of the eight floors only the bottom two are for art exhibitions, the others are the Fondation offices. There are changing exhibitions that are from all parts of the world: Ron Arad, Nobuyoshi Araki, Matthew Barney, Chuck Close, Alain Didot, Panamarenko, Alan Sechas and Hunag Yong Pong.
"Theatrum Botanicum" is a wonderful garden on the grounds designed by the conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten. The title relates to medieval books that describe medicinal and food-related aromatic plants. Baumgarten used the catalogs to create an urban garden chock full of these native plants. The appearance of the garden is wild and overgrown in contrast to carefully laid out geometric gardens typical in France.
* Fondation Maeght
St Paul de Vence. France
Without doubt this is one most fabulous art sites in the world! Set high on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean - the grounds, buildings and sculptures will blow you away. Dine al fresco at the nearby La Colombe d'Or which boasts a collection of artwork from then struggling local artists who traded art for meals. Artwork by Picasso, Modigliani, Renoir, Chagall is hung around restaurant and throughout the inn.
Chateau Notre-Dame des Fleurs
2618 Rte de Grasse 06145
Tel: 04 93 24 52 00
Parisian art dealers Pierre & Marianne Nahon have created have created seven levels of terraces to form a sculpture garden as the entry to a two story chateau gallery, formerly a Benedectine monastery.
Splendid large scale sculptures on the terraces include work by Arman, Cesar, Spoerri, Nike St Phalle, Buren, Segal and Larry Rivers. Inside the chateau is a Roman chapel dedicated to two very large scale kinetic sculptures by Jean Tinguely.
only 3 kilometers from the Maeght Foundation and the Colombe d' or in st paul de vance; this is truly another world class sculpture garden and gallery. admission is free. be there, go for it!
Les Jardins Artistiques de Drulon
Tel: 02 48 56 65 96
Forty miles south of Bourges in the middle of France literally, is this fabulous XV century restored chateau, garden and grounds. "The Best Dutch Sculpture Garden in France" describes the site quite nicely. In addition to the beautifully landscaped 150,000 square meters of gardens and pathways is a changing exhibition of sculptures. Each year 40 new French artists are invited to create new sculptures as artists-in-residence at the chateau. The sculpture park is open from April to the 1st of October.
If the reality is only half as good as the photographs, this must be a cultural Shangri La. Thank you Nanou and Piet Hendriks for such a fabulous creation!
Le Jardin Malet a Angouleme
City of Angouleme
In the heart of the Angouleme overlooking the Charente River is a wonderful new sculpture park. Sculptors are all French, including: Jcm, Pierre, Villette, Bonduelle, Digan, Vicek, Abram, Demoulin and Platevoet.
Jardin des Tuilieres
"Priere de Toucher" (Please touch)
28 new large scale outdoor sculptures have been added to twenty already
there in the permanent collection. Over 6 million annually who pass by may
now touch. Artists are the usual international suspects.
Jardin de Sculptures Musee d'art Contemporain
Avenue des Bains, Dunkirk,
Tel: 33-28 62 21 65
Garden has approximately 20 sculptures in a landscaped setting.
Le Parc-exposition - Raymond Morales
Twenty five miles west of Marseilles, behind a walled enclosure, are 800 welded steel
outdoor scale sculptures made by Raymond Morales. Since 1980 Morales, a former blacksmith, has been filling up his Mediterranean sea front sculpture park.
100 bis rue d' Assas, Paris 75006
100 sculptures on display in the19th-century house & garden of sculptor Ossip Zadkinenow.
The gardens are located between two parallell north-south alignments of linden trees. The space is used for changing exhibitions. Summer of 1999 "Two Women" a show by Abakanowicz and Beverly Pepper was on display. For year 2000 , "L’Homme Qui Marche" featured figurative sculptures by over 50 living artists.
Picasso Museum, Courtyard Sculpture Park
Chateau du Sale
Georges Pompidou Art Center and Sculpture Garden
Exciting colorful and playful sculptures by Nikki St Phalle and Tinguely in a fountain setting.
Adjacent to the Louvre and Place de la Concorde
Andre Le Notre would be proud; the Tuileres Gardens has 33 sculptures ensconced among its Baroque statues, prim flower beds and Proper lawns and reflecting pools and parading trees lined up at attention. Sculptures by Rodin, Henry Moore, Max Ernst are surrounded by those of Alain Kirili, Carl Andre, Magdelena Abakanowicz, Bourgeois, and Ellsworth Kelly for starters. They are mixed in with 18 of Arisitide Mailliol's Rubenesque bronzes over sized nudes. While still quite formal, the way Parisians evidently like, it is a nice relief to see whimsy and mirth among stuffiness. Over six million visitors will get to see the "New Gardens".
Garden of Peace" by Noguchi
7 Place de Fontenay, 75007
An island of tranquility in the Japanese garden tradition in the middle of a bustling urban setting,
* Villa Arson- Centre National des Arts Plastiques
20 Avenue Stephen Liegard
Nice, France 04-92-07-73-73
Near square Baron de Berre near the summit of Bd de Cessole, which is a continuation of Bd Gambetta.
The Villa is a combination art school, artist in residence program and an art center for research and changing exhibitions. The building is an Italianate structures that rambles on five levels down the hillside. The school encourages a no holds barred attitudes toward state of the start multi-media projects, sculptures, paintings and whatever. The scope may include Erotica by Kippenberger to large scale outdoor projects in the garden open area on the top level. Changing shows have included work by Siah Armajani, Jacques Vielle, Felice Varni, and Jean-luc Vilmouth. Worth the effort to seek the Villa out.
Hombroich Island Museum
Nuess-Holzheim (Dusseldorf) Germany
You are about to enter a well landscaped fantasyland of art. Built on a 60 acre island are ten pavilion like minimalist buildings designed by Erwin Heerich to hold the art collections of real estate developer Karl-Heinrich Muller. Go immediately to: .inselhombroich.de, click on Willkommen; then Museum Insel Hombroich and finallyundgang... for a round trip photographic tour of the island charm and beauty.
In English try: askoxford.com/languages/culturevulture/germany/museuminsel without photographs.
No labels. Right, no labels. You will ramble into art by Marl di Suvero; Schwitters, Calder; Giacometti; Cezanne, rembrandt and Brancusi. Oh yer, then there is the collection Khmer sculptures and Luristan bronzes among canvasses by Ellsworth Kelly. This autumn Hombroich will open a show-stopper building by Tadao Andoto house the collection of Marianne Langen.
The April 2004 edition of Art News, page 98 has an illustrated article by David Galloway on this "Treasure Island"
Island of Mainau
Gardens & Sculpture Park
The International Constance Tourist Office,
Tel: 0-7531-22232 IBV/FBO
The whole island is devoted to animal shaped hedges and pruned trees in addition to actual sculptures. From one of our fans who was there says it is a "Must See" if you are in the area. Lake Constance is partly in Germany and partly in Switzerland. There are many hotels, resorts and spas on the island.
Kunst-undt Ausstellungshalle der Bundsreplik Deutschland Museumsmeile Roof Garden Sculpture Park, Bonn Germany
Wonderful whimsical large scale Calders and Nikki St Phalle on the roof.
Lapidea International Sculpture Symposium
Located near basalt-lava quarries and stone processing plants on the the east side of Mayen. There have been six symposiums to date if my German serves me well. Work on display is by both regional and international artists who work primarily in tuffa and sandstone.
Bischofsgartenstraße 1, D-50667 Cologne,
Fon: +49/221/221-26165, Fax +49/221/221-24114
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is located near Brandenberg Gate, on the site of Goebbels bunker. It consists of 4,100 concrete pillars (stelae) of varying heights stretching over 4.7 acres. Visitors are free to wander day or night through the labyrinth of grave stones without names. From a distance the collective pillars appear as undulating wave patterns, like swells of the sea.
The unmarked paths, uneven ground, & pillars of varying heights, create a deliberately uneasy & confusing atmosphere. While some find this disorienting experience moving & traumatic, some critics say that the memorial is too abstract and does not dramatize the evil & guilt of the Nazis.
Niki St Phalle in Hannover
Tourist information/ Hannover
30159 Hannover Tel: 511/12345111
Niki St Phalle was the first and only honorary citizen of Hannover. Before she died in 2002, she gave 120 of her sculptures to the Sprengel Museum, the FETE collection. In 1974, she gave three of her large scale polyester Nanas to the City of Hannover installed on the banks of Leine, near the Sprengel. She also created her famous "Grotto" work in the Herrenhausen Gardens, not to be missed. It is easy to seewhy Hannover made her an honorary citizen!
Sammlung Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee 8b
D-76530 Baden-Baden, DE
Phone: +49 - 7221 / 39898-0
Heir to Dr Franz Burda, owner-founder of the Burda GmbH, Offenburg, printing house and publisher of Bunte magazine. Frieder Burda started the Foundation Frieder Burda in 1998 to further his father's art collection and construct a museum. Currently, his collection has 580 art works, that emphasizes the work of post war German Expressionists, such as Polke, Hoffman, Richter and Baselitz. The collection reflects the taste of one man, who started his collection in 1968 with impulse purchases. His first buy was a red Lucio Fontana painting. It is one of the most extensive art collections of 20th century art on display in Germany. Frieder Bruda commissioned New York architect, Richard Meier, to design the glass and free-floating panels art museum, located the main city park, and connected a bridge to the existing Baden-Baden art museum. The 15 million euro museum project opened October, 2004, and still does not have a single work by Joseph Beuys.
Sculptures in the collection include work by: Arp,Bourgeois, Chamberlain, de Kooning, Miro, Picasso, Nikki St-Phalle and Bernar Venet. It is not clear where the sculptures are located. Outdoors or indoors?
Kunst geht in die Natur
Wood, stone and natrure art projects. (German)
The sculpture park and gis studio are both in Funnix & contain the large scale work of one sculptor: Leonard Wubbena. Most of the sculptures on display are made with Cor-Ten steel.
Sculpture Park Cologne
Riehler Strasse (Next to Zoo Bridge)
T +49 (0) 221 1794287
Started in 1997 byMr and Mrs Michael Stoffel, the park is celebrating its tenth anniversary of its opening. Over 30 sculptures are on the grounds with work by: Lee Byars, George Condo, Fischl & Weiss, Dan Graham, Mark Di Severo, Tony Cragg, David Smith, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Tobias Rehberger and Franz West, for starters. Don't miss it!
Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn
Vechteaue 2 (Alte Weberei)
Tel: 05921-97 11 00
Art Wagon (German)
Stadelsches Kunstinstuit und Stadtische Galerie,
60596 Frankfurt Am Main,
Their permanent collection of outdoor sculptures includes work by Abakanowic, Balkenhol, Kirkeby, Kricke, Pichler, David Smith, Ruckriem and Tinguely. The park also features work by local artists and changing shows.
Tel: 49/(0)7940/ 15-2200
Reinhold Wuerth has created a wonderful collection of both indoor and outdoor sculptures, which are on display in several of his museums. In addition to his own collection, he sponsors changing exhibitions of work by internationl sculptors.
Stiftung Europaischer Skulpturenpark
Six acre sculpture park with sculptures from 1950 to present. Works by Aulich, Huschka, Proge, Koering, Moser and Von Leistner
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Rathaus, D-45765 Marl
Changing sculpture exhibition on large area surrounding the museum and the
hospital park. Well landscaped gardens and large lake add to the background.
Skulpturenpark am Seestern
c/o Kauhof Warenhaus AG,
Leonhard Tietz Str. 1,
50676, Cologne, Germany
12,000 Square foot sculpture park on the banks of the Rhine River
Basil & Elise Goulandris Museum of Modern Art,
Andros (Cyclades Islands)
Also called the Andros Museum of Modern Art, the Museum has a wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art and sculpture. Travel by Ferry or air from Athens. In Athens they also were the founders of the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art. Absolutely fabulous!
Vorres Museum and Gardens
Paiania, Attica, Greece
One hour taxi ride from downtown Athens on the flip-side of Mt. Hymettus is a wonderful private museum and garden, owned by the Vorres family. Located on 80 acres it has several main buildings with both classical and contemporary Greek art and sculptures. And if he is home, a most gracious host in the famous Greek tradition.
Statue Park Museum
Gigantic ghastly statues of cold war leaders left over from the communist dictatorship. Created by the City of Budapest as a tourist attraction.
The Lough MacNean Sculpture Trail
30 miles from Sligo, Ireland
A new splendid breakthrough in the peacekeeping and healing process on the borders of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Communities on either side of the shores and waters of the Upper and Lower Lough Macnean that were not the best of friends during the fighting in Northern Ireland are now joined by 15 mile trail that connects 11 site-specific quality sculptures. The cross border and cross communities that were previously blocked to traffic of either pedestrians or automobiles are now again accessible to one and all to visit. The communities themselves brought this project to fruition. Eleven artists worked with local students, Scouts and citizens to select sites and help in the creation of the trail and sculptures using mostly local materials. A beautiful story set in a beautiful natural setting which is a favorite for hikers and birdwatchers. Don't miss this wonderful site. Wonderful maps, illustrations and photographs as well. Well done, Bravo!
The North Mayo Sculpture Trail
County Mayo, Ireland
Ann & Laurance Howard, Claggan Island;
Tel 353 (0) 98 45107
This is the largest public art project ever undertaken In Ireland. A sculpture trail was created soon after the discovery of a Neolithic site stone work at Ceide Fields, north of Mayo in 1993. The trail commemorates the imprint of man left over 50 centuries ago. Fourteen site specific sculptures are installed along the trail.
Grounds of Huntington Castle
County Carlow , Ireland
It is open from April through October. A wonderful Ulrich Rueckriem site specific installation can be visited by appointment by calling Anya von Gosseln, office of contemporary art, she lives on the grounds. 353-54-76 505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sculpture in the Woodlands
also known as "The Project"
County Wicklow, 20 miles south of Dublin
In a 600 acre forest called Devil's Glen "The Project" currently has 7 site
specific wood sculptures all made of wood to emphasize the functional as
well as the aesthethics of the media. Artists are from Ireland, England,
Canada, Japan and Mexico. Started in 1994 and operated by Coilite forestry
consultants, the plan is to commission new sculptures annually.
Ago, Filo e Nodo, 2000
Piazzale Cadorna/ Triennale
(in front of the Milan Railroad Station)
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen have done it again. Needle, Thread. and Knot is situated in a large urban pool of water with active water jets. The contrast with the staid dull buildins surrounding the area in most impressive
Ca La Ghironda
Via Leonardo da Vinci 19,
40069 Ponte Ronca di Zola
Tel: (051) 265718/233409 for reservations\
Not far from Bologna is a wonderful sculpture park and sculpture collection. Call ahead to see work by Manzu, Martani, Mastoianni, Arman, Messina and others in a well landscaped garden.
Castello di Rivoli
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia,10098
Do miss this one when you go to Italy. Eleven miles west of Turin, this museum has a sp[lendid program of changing exhibitions with lots of exciting site specific installations. On the entry esplanadesee Paolo Calzolari's Columns, Luciano Fabro's Pablo Uccelo 1450-1989 steel framework with kinetic rods; and fibonacci numbers in blue neon by Mario Merz, Manica Lunga From 1 to 987.
The Chianti Sculpture Park
Pievasciata, 53010, Siena
Tel: +39 0577-357151
Located in the heart of the Tuscan hills, Chianti Vineyards, the sculpture park is only 8 miles northeast of downtown Siena. After three years of planning and dealing with various bureaucratic delays the park had its grand opening May 21, 2004. The work of over 25 international sculptors are now on display in the permanent collection of the Chianti Sculpture, including Benbow Bullock's 32 foot high burnished stainless steel endless column "Homage to Brancusi" The sculptures are surrounded by a wood of ilex and oak trees. Much of the work is site specific, selected by Director, Piero Giadrossi. Enjoy the virtual tour on their web site, where you can see photographs of each piece and learn about the artists. Enjoy!
Dutch Institute for Art History
Istituto universtitaio Olandenese
Viale Torricelli 5
Firenze, Italy tel 39 055 221612\ email@example.com
Founded in 1958 the Dutch University is part of Utrecht University and is managed by a group of six universities. The school promotes research on Italian art, on Dutch and Flemish art and artists in Italy and the North. It rovides scholars and researchers from Holland and elsewhere with accommodations, research and publication opportunities and the use of its library. Students and visitors are encouraged th check on the availability of thier guestrooms.
The campus has a sculpture park whick currently work by 15 sculptors including: Karel Appel, Yvonne Kracht, Arthur Spronken, and Shinkichi Tajiri. The garden and olive grove are ideally suited for the display of contemporary sculpture.
*Fattoria di Celle
51030 San Tomato, Pistoia, Italy (Near Florence) 47-99-07
30 Site-specific sculptures on the beautiful grounds of the Villa which cover over 50 acres. Work by artists include: Aycock, Finlay, Kosuth, Long, Oppenheim, Serra and Trakas. Also inside the Villa are contemporary wall hangings and sculptures.
Giardino dei Tarochi (Tarot Garden)
near Garavicchio, Tuscany
22 Characters from Tarot cards made by Niki St Phalle are in a garden shaped
like a crescent moon. Fabricated in concrete and ceramics, some are over 3
stories high. Niki lived in one of them.
Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri
Hic Terminus Haeret
Tel. +39 0564 950 805
50 miles south of Siena, near Mount Amiata, you'll find Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri's sculpture garden. After travelling and living all over the world, Spoerri settled in this Garden of Eden, known as Hic Terminus Haeret!
The 30 acre park opened to the public in 1997 with over 87 sculptures by 42 artists, including Jean Tinguely, Arman, Karl Gerstner, Meret Oppenheim, Jesus Rafael Soto, Dieter Roth, Esther Beidel & Spoerri's own bronzes. Plan for a 3 hour walk along a landscaped trail with changing flora and fauna to take in all sculpture & the elaborate Labyrinth Mural Path that cannot be ignored. Open from Easter through September.
Via Luigi Illica,5
20121 Milano, Italy
Tel: +39 02 86463673
Started in 1996 by Grazia and Gianni Bolongaro, "La Marrana" was created to spread the concept of contemporary art as the barometer and lightening rod of the "Present location in society". Not a museum, or gallery, but a private home/nature reserve off the beaten path inside the Natural Regional Park of Montemarcello and Magra that is open to the public. Special attention is given to the relationship between art and the environment.
Site specific art structures and changing exhibitions have included work done by international artists including Joseph Kosuth; Jannis Kounellis, Jan Fabre, Magdalena Campos-Pons; Luigi Mainolfi and Philip Rantzer.
Parco d'arte La Marrana arteambientale
Via della Marrana
Tel: +39 (0187) 600158
Not too far from Carrara and Pietrasanta...
Via Sernesi 1
Tel: 0471 977.116
Bolsano's Museum of Modern Art was started in 1985 to exhibit and collect visual arts. There is a park in front of the museum that has an amphitheater that is used for sculpture exhibitions.
Raymond Nasher Sculpture Garden,
at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,
Palazzo Venier dei leoni, Grand Canal, Dorsoduro, Venice, (39-41) 520 6288.
Changing sculptures from the Nasher Collection in Dallas.
Open Air Park Museum of Stone Sculpture
Piazza Corsini 35 41021
Fanano MO (Modena), Italy
The commune of Fannano sponsors a biannual International Symposium of Stone Sculpture. The permanent collection now consists of over 213 sculptures made in Fannano and nearby villages from 1983 to 1998 by artists worldwide.
Rivoli Castle Museum of Contemporary Art
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
10098 Rivoli (Torino) Turin, ITALY
Tel: 39.011.956 5222
Fabulous collection and display of all forms of contemporary art in a remodeled castle.
Villa Panza Piazzale Litta
or FAI, Milano, IT: 02-4676151
The fabulous mansion and collection of contemporary American art is now open to the public! It is truly world class in every way. In 1983 Count Panza divided his collection on various terms to MOCA Los Angeles; Guggenheim, New York and Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano. The balance of the collection along with the villa and gardens were donated to the Italian Government.
It is a fine collection of minimalistic, conceptual and abstract expressionism art, all done by American artists. Separate rooms and carriage rooms are devoted to separate artists. Whole rooms of site specific wall drawings of Sol Lewitt; Dan Flavin lights up many otherwise dark corners; and early spatial art done by James Turrel, Robert Irwin, and Maria Nordman were carried out on several floors. If you are anywhere near Milan or Lakr Como, this is a must see!
VIlla di Verzegnis Sculpture Park
Collection of Egidio Marzona contains works by Bruce Nauman,
Mario Merz, Richard Serra, Richard Long and Dan Graham.
Piazzale Mannin 10, 33033
Passariano Tel: 0432 906 509
Sixty miles north of Venice is a new art center in landscaped parklands with many site specific sculptures done regional and international sculptors. Near the border of Slovenia and close to other Eastern European countries, emphasis on art from these areas.
Italian Art and living for artists
Carrara and Pietrasanta
Once upon a time we decided to go to Lucca to see the marble quarries at Carrara and Pietrasanta that have been worked since Michelangelo worked there. Great idea! So first Jean, my wife, who is a foodie, calls Faith Willinger, a famous cookbook author who lives most of the time near Florence and has a cooking school there as well. The outcome was that for the next three weeks we ate our way through Tuscany and Lucca. Faith arranged the lodging which was all supberb, but modest and charming. Faith made all lunch and dinner reservations at restaurants that ranged from simple plain rustic to what Michelin would call a one fork establishment. Awesome, you bet it was; and then some.
She also arranged for one of her charming and pretty young cooking school helpers to drive us in our rental car for the duration. This was a very big asset. A smile or a wink from a pretty girl who speaks Itialiano, gets the carbineri to create parking spots where there were none before... By the way, our driver was making a living in Florence selling home made cheesecakes, prepared with Philadelphia Cream Cheese to local up scale restaurants!
Now you have the background essence of how we were coping with travel conditions. I will leave out the details until we reach Carrara at late afternoon mid week. We have reservations at the Michelangelo Hotel, where else? Our room had a balcony over looking a fast running stream coming down from the nearby marble mountains. The water looked like liquid white chalky tooth paste flowing out from under the bridge, the effluent from the quarries being worked above. We knew we were staying at the right place.
Next day, we wondered across the piazza April 8th, to see Carlo Nicoli and his workshops.
Lots of action with artisanos carving up a storm in all color stones; some local, others sundry places around the world. Carlo gave us a tour of the workshops and then piled us all into his jeep and up,up and up we went to the quariies which are at the top of the world. It is breataking to watch the quarry workers cut blocks of marble the size of a railroad boxcar with with chain saws equipped with industrial diamond blades. It looked like they were cutting butter.
Then on to Pietrasanta for lunch at Sci, prononounced "she". This is the "in place" to be with the artists and artisanos who work the marble, eat lots of pasta and drink gallons of wine, and burst into song. Just stand and yell "I am an artist from San Francisco" and you will be invited to sit at any of six welcoming tables. Viva Pietrasanta!
Jean and our daughter, Sarah, own a virtual cookbook store.Gourmet Guides Cookbooks . If the above gives you any thoughts about eating Italian.... check out Gourmet Guide'sa wonderful selection of regional Italian cookbooks.
Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum
150 sculptures by local & foreign artists. The grounds are the home for 15 artists in residence who create site specific work on a changing cycle.
Ojars Feldberg, Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
* Europas Parkus, Sculpture Park of Central Europe
Founded by Gintaras Karosas just two years after the Russians left Lithuania, the 50 hectare wooded site has many site-specific sculptures by sculptors from Japan, Cyprus, USA, Poland and of course, Lithuania. Each August the museum offers an artist-in-residence program to create on-sight sculptures which are left in place after the artists depart. This park is a real treat.
Bullock's painted steel, "Upper Quadrant" is part of their permanent collection.
Casino Luxembourg- Forum d'art Contemporain
41,rue Notre Dame- BP 345-L-2013
Tel: 352 22 50 45
The Casino Luxembourg created a sculpture trail in the valleys underneath the city to the site of the future Musee d'art Contemporain at Ft Thuengen. The show Under the Bridges, along the river..." featured site specific sculptures by 19 artists, including Daniel Burien, Ian Hamilton Findlay and Jan Fabre. Many of the pieces are very conceptual and require interaction with the viewers. It is an exciting show that anticipates a wonderful future for the new museum space.
Future Musee d'art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean,
Plateau of Kirchberg, Luxembourg
I.M. Pei, world class architect, designed this new art museum "to help to make the Luxembourg public more aware of what is happening in contemporary art" according to Jacques Santer, Chairman of the Museum Fondation. Many sculptures by internationally known artists have been purchased or commissioned. Outdoor art will include Ulrich Ruckriem's "Bildstock"; "Exchange" by Richard Serra, and "Trois Iles/ Three Islands by Marta Pan.
15a Gallery and Sculpture Park
7241 RV LOCHEM
Tel: +31 575 -469 458
M +31 6 - 5113 5553
Geographically close to Amsterdam, 15a Gallery and Sculpture Park was started in 2006. The sculpture park specializes in abstract contemporary geometric metal sculptures by both regional and international artists. Over 110 sculptures by 18 sculptors are now on display including work by: Catrien van Amstel, Frode Bolhuis, Riki Mijling, Winni Schaak, Hans-Otto Lohrengel and Peter Randall-Page. For hours and directions and other information please call Evert Beens at the Gallery.
ART in MOTION
Vijversburg Foundation Sculpture Park
Bos van Ypeij, Tytsjerk
Swarteweisein2, 9255 JB Tytsjerk, NL
Tel: 058 2 15 34 12
In northern Holland a new 70 acre new sculpture and culture park has opened which receives over 100,000 visitors every year. It is located on the grounds and buildings of the Vijversburg estate. June 21 - September 14, 2003, Art in Motion, an exhibition devoted to the display of outdoor kinetic art will be on display. In addition to the Vijversburg Foundation support has been received from the Kinetic Art Organization(KAO) , Galerie Denise Renee, Paris and other cultural organizations that are enthusiastic supporters of kinetic art. Denise Rene, and Iris Clert, Paris; Howard Wise Gallery, NY; Paul Keeler's Signals Gallery, London; and Peter Selz, Berkeley, were the progenitors of the kinetic movement in the 1950s. After several years, the movement faded and almost disappeared. This exhibition may hopefully put kinetic art back on its rightful pedestal.
Some of the early kinetic artists will have sculptures in the show including: Yaakov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Ronald Mallory, and Jesus Rafael Soto. In addition, there will be new kinetic artists from Greece, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, USA and six artists.
Beelden aan zee
2586 El Scheveningen
Netherlands Tel: 070 358 57
On the edge of the North Sea, near The Hague, in a beach resort called Scheveningen is this wonderful museum dedicated to showing contemporary sculpture both indoors and out. If you click on "Panorama" the web site will take you on a panoramic tour of the whole museum and what is currently on display.
* Kroller-Muller Museum and Sculpture Park
Perhaps one of the best sculpture parks in the world; it has 21 hectares of
landscaped forested hills and valleys filled with absolutely splendid work
from the permanent collection which spans the end of the 19th century to the
present. On display are works by Hepworth, Rodin, Lipschitz, Ian Findlay
Hamilton (My favorite), Moore, Serra, Merz and Dubuffet.
Also on the grounds is a well maintained Mies Van der Rohe style Museum with
outstanding examples of works by Van Gogh, Mondrian, Pol Bury and Van
Doesberg. Outdoors is a smaller structure reminiscent of the Mies Van der
Rohe Pavillion in Barcelona. It is a structure with planar walls without
windows or ceiling, surrounded by sculptures done by Barbara Hepworth.
The Kroller-Muller is in the center of a 13,000 acre National Forest
Preserve, most of which is accessible on bicycles which are provided by the
National Forest operatives, free of charge. It is a 2 hour drive or train
trip from Amsterdam. Do not miss it.
Here's another URL for Kroller-Muller sculpture park
Ellert &Brammert Museum
Located on public forestry grounds behind the Ellen&Brammerert Open-air
Museum, is a 3.5 kilometer pathway that winds through a natural glacier pit, woods and an annual changing art exhibition. Work by 10 or more regional and international artists can be seen each year. The overall plan is to make this a permanent nature/art destination. This site was brought to my attention by A.C. de Fluiter, globalArtfund, Meulenakker 6 , NL-7841 EP SLEEN, email@example.com.
Ellert and Brammert were 17th Century giants who raided the surrounding area.The open air museum seeks to reconstruct the life of that time with a toll house, farm house and a school, all open to the public for a fee.
*Open Air Museum Beeldenpark Drechtoevers
(St Ives Sculpture Park)
Wonderful new sculpture park along side one of Holland's famous beautiful canals. The park is named after St.Ives, Cornwall in the southwestern most point in England which has been home to artists since the fifties, including Hepworth and Nicholson. The mission of St-Ives Open Air museum, which was dedicated by the Queen(Beatrix), who is a sculptor in her own right, when it opened, is to be free of commercial diversions and influences.
Bullock's painted steel "Contrary Opinion" was installed in 1999 at the Queen Beatrix dedication ceremony St Ives Sculpture Park, Zwijndrecht, NL dutch-sculptors.org
Public Sculpture in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has literally thousands of public sculptures in parks, in front of buildings, median strips, and waterfront settings.
Sculpture Guides Netherlands
Contact: Annette Dekkers
Achter de Vest 54
1621 GK Hoorn, NL tel: 0229-21.69.10
In addition to a 84 page sculpture guide book published in Dutch, this web site has links to 14 sculpture parks & gardens in the Netherlands and Belgium. They also have links to 11 other outdoor sculpture sites on their "links" section, not included in their Guides. A valuable address to consult if you are travelling to the Lowlands. Bravo!
* Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
Collection of Joop van Caldenborgh
Sixty sculptures on a 50 acre wooded park ten minutes from the Hague are just the tip of the iceberg of this world class collection. See article "Green Acres" Art News, April, 2000, pp120-124. For information regarding reservations contact: Annejet Paalman, Caldic, Blaak 22, 3011TA, Rotterdam, NL.
Vijversburg Foundation Sculpture Park
Bos van Ypeij, Tytsjerk
Swarteweisein2, 9255 JB Tytsjerk, NL
Tel: 058 2 15 34 12
In northern Holland a new 70 acre new sculpture and culture park has opened which receives over 100,000 visitors every year. It is located on the grounds and buildings of the Vijversburg estate.
70th parallel North
The artistic idea of Norwegian artist Ann Katrine Dolven. That each of 45 municipalities in this top of the world with a total population of less than 250,000 scattered over barren rock filled hills and valleys, would have its own site specific art. A public collection that can only be seen by taking a 450 mile drive which takes the better part of a week. Sculptures by 33 international sculptors from Europe, Brazil, United States and Japan are on the arduous, summertime only, journey. Work can be seen by artists: Anish Kapoor, Dan Graham, Tony Cragg. Perk Kirkeby, and many others from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Some of the individual sculptures are awesome, and stand up well to the bleakness of the environment. Bravo! for wonderful web sites!
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Biennale of Spatial Forms
In 1237, Teutonic Knights built a castle on the banks of Elblag River which was the beginning
of the City of Elblag. By the 14th century Elblag was an active port on the Baltic Sea and a member of the Hanseatic League. Prior to WWII, Ferdinand Schichau started a series of machine shops, ABB_Zamech, that became active shipyards along the river. During World War II, 65% of the town was destroyed, and many of the resident were forced to move elsewhere.
In 1965, through the efforts of artists like Matian Boguz and Gerard Kwiatkoski, and the support of ABB-Zamech, the 1st Biennale of Spatial Forms was held in Elblag. Artists from all over Poland were invited to use the facilities of Zamech with the help of their workers to make outdoor sculptures from scrap and found objects. Four more Biennales were held after 1965. Over 40 of these sculptures are on display throughout the city. Some of the artists who have works on display are: Magdelena Abakanowicz, Boguz, Wozniak ,and Gyaraty. Many of the sculptures are constructivist or minimalist in character.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Av. de Berna 45A
1067-001 Lisboa Codex
Tel: 21 7823000
Fax: 21 7823032
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
210 Rua D. Joao de Castin (351-22)
Oporto, Portugal Tel: 615-6500
Founded in 1989 the Museum is located in a 45 acre park in the beautiful Boavista District of Oporto. Artists in the permanent collection include: Kounellis, Dennis Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson Gilberto Zorio. Prominent Portuguese artists in the collection: Helena Almeida, Rene Berth Batardo, and Alvaro Lapa.
Brancusi's Endless Column Restored
Targu-Jiu (Sidney Geist),
Constantin Brancusi's 98-foot Endless Column was installed in 1937 as a memorial to Romanian soldiers who died in WW1. The column resides in a city garden along with two other sculptures by Brancusi, the travertine stone The Table of Silence and the Gate of the Kiss. The orginal sculpture was made of cast iron modules, clad with zinc, brass and a clear organic protective coating. It was replated twice prior to its restoration in 2000. The restoration was done with the help of the Romanian Government, World Monuments Fund (WMF), the World Bank, and the Olin Partnership.
Chillida Foundation Sculpture Park
Caserio Zabalaga (Chillida Leku)
Tel: 3494 333 60 06
"Caserio Zabalaga" also known as "Chillida Leku" was opened October 1, 2000 by the Eduardo Chillida Foundation. The new museum of sculptures by Basque sculptor, Eduardo Chillida, was started 18 years ago, will be a wonderful complement to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Caserio Zabalaga is situated on 30 acres only 5 miles from San Sebastian (Donosti) in the heart of the Basque country. The new museum will have examples of Chillida's work both inside and in an outdoor sculpture garden around the museum outdoors.
Chillida is one of the best living sculptors in the world, is probably best known for his Piene del Viento, or Wind Combs. These are gigantic forged steel graces loops hanging from a cliff side over the Bay of Biscay. During storms, wind driven waves crash over through and around these aesthetic projections. An awesome combination of the work of man of nature. The steel pieces were forged at the "Los Hornos" steel shipyard forges in Bilbao. Most of Chillida's work display a dramatic ability to express what can be done with materials like stone and steel to extent of their internal and external strengths and beauty.
Prior to the opening which was delayed several times, was attended by the King and Queen of Spain, Don Carlos and Dona Sofia as as President Gerhard Schroeder of Germany. The delays were caused by the Spanish Police who found military mortars nearby the site aimed at the Caserio.
You can rest assured we will be hearing lots more about "Caserio Zabalaga".
IVAM Museo de Julio Gonzales,
considered the most complete existing collection of the sculptor’s work - 360 items (147 works with precious metals, 21 paintings, 112 sculptures, 8 reliefs in metal plate & 72 drawings)
Montenmedio Art Center
Ctra. N-340 km 42'5
E-11150 Vejer de la Frontera (Cadiz)
Tel: (+34) 956 455 134
The NMAC Foundaion mission is to establish a dialogue between art and nature. Artists are chosen each year to create site specific outdoor art work on the NMAC 500 hectare estate which includes wild animals and, cork and pine trees. On clear days the coast of Africa, Morocco, can be seen from the park. 30 hectares are devoted to the growing sculpture park, at the present time. Each work becomes part of the expanding permanent collection. The park is open year round. The 2001 exhibition included the work of Marina Abramovic, Sol Lewitt, Roxy Paine and Richard Nonas. Scheduled for 2003 are artists from Spain, Argentina, Taiwan, China, Switzerland and South Africa. Thanks to Paula Llull Llobera at NMAC for bringing this site to my attention.
Sculpture Park of Rincon de Ademuz
General information: Tel: +34 978 78 50 00
Director: Lucas Karrvaz
Located between Cuenca and Teruel (Castille and Aragon),Spain, Rincon de Ademuz is a unique place. While it is part of Valencia it is physically separated from Valencia. The locals say" We are Castilians, but we feel Aragonese, we will always be Valencians". Ricon de Ademuz is approximately 370 square kilometers in an area composed of approximately 20 villages.
The sculpture park consists changing exhibition every two years. The biennial and 70 sculptures by 45 artists from 17 countries. The second biennial will open Spring 2004. Sculptures are on loan for two years by the sculptors, then they are replaced by new work by other artists, unless some of the sculptures have been purchased by participating villages. Each village provides one juror each to judge the entries.
The sculptures are scattered all over the region, but clustered in or near the villages of the Rincon.
Their web site has the locations of the 1st biennial shown on a map of the area. Cuenca is a one hour drive from Madrid. Cuenca is a beautiful steep hill town with houses that open to the same street on several floors. It is also home to a well curated museum of contemporary arts and crafts.
Lulea Vinter Biennial
KiLen, The Artgroup in Lulea
Tel: +46- (0)920-156 24 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Formerly it was known as the ARcTic Festival; Winter Biennial has been held every two years since 1991..In 2002 it will be held from February 27- March 3rd. Lulea is located at the north end of the Gulf of Bothnia, less than 50 miles below the Arctic Circle. over 20,000 people attend this event, making it the largest winter festival in Europe. Kilen, the artist group in Lulea, was founded in the late '80s and together with the City of Lulea have sponsored these events. Fifteen international artists are selected to make site specific sculptures using ice, snow or fire as their media. The artists make snow sculptures from 27 three meter cubes of snow. And ice is cut out of the meter thick ice floes of the Lulea River. Visitors will be offered glasses made of ice; rather than vodka on the rocks, it will be vodka in the rock.
The winter festival is followed by the Lulea Summer Biennial 2003 where ice and snow are replaced by sand, stone and steel. I think that I would rather attend the summer festival...
Carles Milles vag #2
over 160 sculptures by Carl Milles in addition to his collection of classical sculptures. In the garden of the former home of the artist.
Stockholm, SE phone: 666-4250
On an island in a park like setting is one of the smallest but most spectacular of sculpture parks. Pontus Holten, director of the Museum in the '60s and '70s brought the collection into the international limelight. At the entry is Alexander Calder's "Four Elements" is a hybrid stablile/mobile, tall enough for visitors to easily pass under it. Near the woods and water is a joint work by Jean Tinguely and Niki de St Phalle. The piece d'resistance is a simulation of Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe" completed by Carl Nesjar for Picasso in 1966 before he died. Picasso made cardboard free standing painted cutouts of the picnic scene which were translated in to four sandblasted concrete enlargements 10-14 feet high.
* The Wanas Foundation
SE-289 21 Knislinge, Sweden
Primarily American sculptors. All works site-specific
Art 33 BASLE
Basle, 4021 Tel: 41 58 200 2020
Started in 1969, This is the most influential art in the world. Open to selected art dealers by invitation of the sponsor Messe Basle, a private company that has greater freedom in selecting who will show. Every gallery has to re-apply each year. For about 900 applicants only 260 were chosen. In 2001 300 galleries took part representing over 1,000 artists 50,000 visitors. In 2002 27 galleries are new.
The dates for the Fair are set to coincide with other summer art events. This year it is the Documenta, last year it was the Venice Biennale.
CREDIT SUISSE Communication Center
CH-8810 Horgen, Switzerland
Tel:+41 1 727 55 55; email: email@example.com
Built in 1670, Credit Suisse Bank bought and restored this chalet in 1977, near Zurich. It is complete with the latest facilities for the display of sculpture. Large scale outdoor sculptures can be seen by artists Dani Karavan; Beverly Pepper; Ulrich Ruckriem; and indoors work by Nam June Paik and Rebecca Horn.
The URL is in German.
* Fondation Beyeler
CH-4125 Riehen/Basel (Tel) 41 061 645 97 00
Fabulous art collection of Hildy & Ernst Beyeler was moved into a new building designed by Renzo Piano of Pompidou Center fame. Over 70 world class paintings and sculpture by an eclectic collection of artists who have been shown by the gallery, including Picasso and Giacometti. Not to be missed.
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Miro, Arp, Calder, Brancusi (The Large Rooster), Moore, Segal and Rodin are all represented here. In addition there is a Gallo-Roman archaeological site that has been excavated and in good repair. There is also an automobile Museum and a cafe, concerts and changing art exhibitions.
MMA Modern Art Advising Sculpture Gallery & Garden
Over 150 iron sculptures made by the artist/ civil engineer Heinz Aeschlimann, are on the grounds of his construction company. Some are placed between outdoor construction machinery and trucks. Others are inside in a gallery and in working offices, as well as on the roof of his construction company. Open daily. Admission is free.
* Museum Jean Tinguely Basle
The museum was a gift of Hoffmann-La Roche LTD in 1996, to celebrate their 100th anniversary. It is located in Solitude overlooking the right hand bank of the Rhine. The building was designed by Mario Botta.
The collection includes over 70 kinetic rambling, rumbling self destruct machines that need constant repair or they fall apart. While seeming whimsical, they exude a fascinating charm that has a mystical flavor about them.
Also in Basle not to be missed is Tinguely’s Carnival Fountain in front of the Basle City Theater. Tinguely was an advocate of technical progress and at the same time a critic of our blind belief in progress.
Sculpture at Schoenthal Monastery
Switzerland Tel: +41 62 390 11 60
An old monastery built in 1187 fell into disuse until 1977 when it was restored for use as a sculpture museum in the Canton Basel-Landschaft. It is a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture. No art slouches reside here. See work by: Aniah Kapoor; David Nash; Nigel Hall; William Pye; Ian Hamilton Finlay: Ulrich Ruckriem; Peter Kahm and Walter Fahndrich in their permanent collection. In addition there are changing exhibitions year round.
Skulpturengalerie Krafft + Partner AG
Tel: 41 79 692 26 93
Willi Krafft, Director email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This new gallery specializes in contemporary sculpture. Located near the Swiss towns of Brugg and Baden, it is a short drive from Zurich.
Willi Krafft is a recent affliate of the International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, New Jersey.
Swiss Art Network
Artists, Galleries, Museums, Art services, Events Organizations....
Hi Benbow. Fun site! and it works well which is a pleasure....
it's full of information which is great. Enjoyed the work too.
Best, Jamie Vans, sculptor.
" The A13 Artscape brings together the skills of artists with a real real to improve people's living conditions and access to the arts; we feel it is one of the most significant projects in the UK today". Ben Haywood. Arts Council of England. The Ai3 road connects the City of London to the Essex coast, and is one of the busiest trunk roads in Europe. Many people live and/or next to the highway where heavy trucks rumble by all hours of the day. The A13 Artscape project originated from the Barking and Dagenham Council. They arranged for artists to become involved in a wide range of projects along the roadway; including artist-designed landscapes, major light works, new sculptural commissions, street furniture and community permanent and temporary projects. Funding came from the National Lottery, The Arts Council of England and the Highways Agency. The total budget was in excessa of nine million pounds. The various projects are on going in some cases.
Antony Gormley's The Angel of the North
Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, UK
Located 3 miles south of Gateshead along the A167 highway near the A1 intersection at Birtley rotary, this colossus is 65' high and has a wing span of 175 feet and weighs 100 tons. An engineering feat as well as a work of art, The Angel is strategically placed high on a high on a stretch of barren landscape and can be seen from the major highway and passenger trains on the London-Edinburgh run. Over 90,000 cars pass by it daily. How's that for exposure!
It has become a statement of the resurgence of the Gates-Newcastle region. It is situated on top of an old coal mine. It does not look like angel with its robotic faceless expression, but its wings spread about gives the image of a crucifix. In many ways it makes a statement like the prehistoric chalk giants found on hillsides in the southern part of England. It is also reminiscent of the Saarinen stainless steel arch in St Louis which symbolizes the Gateway to the West.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Located across the Tyne River from Newcastle is newly refurbished Baltic Flour Mills. Inside this 10,000 square foot building will be five galleries for the display of art. It will not have a permanent collection, but will have an active artist-in-residence program. Opening July 13, 2002, the project is part of an on going revitalization program for Northeast England. Sune Nordgren is director.
BLOK Sculpture Festival
For 100 days in the summer of 2003, closing August 31st, 50 largew scale outdoor sculptures can be seen against the background of Canterbury Cathedral, city walls, and St Augtine's Abbey. Among the 32 sculptors with work on display are Bill Pye,Glyn Williams, Keir Smith, Richard Rome, John Farnham and Ann Christopher.
BLOK was put toether by The Canterbury City Council, English Heritage, Cathedral and the Kent Institute of Art and Design. It is not clear will be an on going exhibition or is just for this summer.
The Sculpture Park at Burghley House
Tel 01 780 752451
Only if you are in the neighborhood. Reclaimed from weeds and woods a small area of House grounds has been opened as an Arboretum and Sculpture Park. Work is by contemporary British artists and shapes and themes are all rustic. A picnic basket for the kids is encouraged while you enjoy seeing 'Capability' Brown's landscaping.
Broomhill Art Hotel
sculpture garden/art gallery
Barnstable, North Devon
UK EX31 4EX
Tel: 44 (0) 1271 850262 email: email@example.com
From the classical to conceptual art, this sculpture garden was started by gallery owners that operated an art gallery in Holland since 1991. They plan on 18 changing exhibitions each year. Join them for a cup of tea!
Chiltern Sculpture Trail
Chiltern Sculpture Trust
40 Campbell Road,
Oxford, OX4 3PF Tel: 01865 778918
This unique sculpture park or trail, was started in the early 1990s', is just off the M40 not far from Watlington, in the Cowleaze Wood, on the Way to Oxford. Situated on eighty acres, over 20 sculptures, are placed on two miles of landscaped trails in a functioning commercial forest in the Chiltern Hills. This is the third successful effort of the Forestry Commission to arrange an ongoing relationship between the Commission and and artists. The first Sculpture Trail was in the Forest of Grizedale, the second in the Forest of Dean. Both site specific sculptures and changing contemporary sculpture exhibitions can be seen on the grounds, year round, free to visitors. Thanks go the British Arts Council for their encouragement and financial support for this new sculpture trail.
Coventry Canal Art Trail
Coventry, Warwickshire, UK
The last five miles of branch of the Coventry Canal from Hawkesbury Junction to Coventry city center have been made into a wonderful linear sculpture walk. Over 20 outdoor public art works are located along the Coventry canal at easy walking distances. Very pleasant walkway follows the canal levee. Funded by the National Lottery.
Death by Architecture
A wonderful virtual site that should be a "must see" to artists,
architects and landscape architects. Lots a great undiscovered relevant links.
A User's Guide to English Sculpture
In association with the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, "English Heritage" has published a pocket-sized book of nine sculpture walks in cities around the country along with photographs and even has a place for your own sketches or notes. Price 8 Pounds.
Their web site has full details and address.
In addition they have a URL that features Sculpture Events for each of the major districts around England along with dates and time, and maps. This is a free public service and can be linked to from this web site.
The FOREST OF DEAN sculpture Trail
situated on the English and South Wales border in the UK, 120 miles west of London.
In 1984 sculptors were invited to visit the Royal Forest of Dean to explore its trees, wildlife, industrial past and rich heritage. The outcome was the commissioning of both "permanent" and "ephemeral" works and the opening of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail in 1986 as partnership between the Forest of Dean Sculpture
Trust and Forest Enterprise (the Forestry Commission).
Changing sculpture exhibitions on the 4th plinth which has been empty for over 158 years. Lack of consesus of what monarch or other personality should be installed on the plinth, it has remained empty until now. The RSA and Sculpture at Goodwood have selected artists for temporary exhibitions.
Gateshead Riverside Sculpture Park,
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK.
Set on a former industrial site on the south bank of the River Tyne, opposite Newcastle. Works there include pieces by Richard Deacon, Colin Rose, David Tremlett, Andy Goldsworthy and Jaume Plensa. It's about two miles north of Antony Gormley's monumental "Angel of the North", and 5 miles upstream of a fairly meretricious work by Mark di Suvero called "Tyne Anew".
Wonderful architectural resource by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Very encyclopaedic.
Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park
Hawkshead, the Lake District, Cumbria,
This is a 10,000 acre forest, in which artists have been placing
sculptures for the last 25 years. Artists who have works there include
Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash.
Sculpture in Harlow
Nick Bullions, Arts Development Officer
Over forty sculptures by emerging and now famous artists are scattered all over the town of Harlow. Harlow now has a collection containing works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Rodin, Elizabeth Frink and Ralph Brown.
The town is located on M11 coming out of London on the way to Cambridge, about 30 to 40 minute ride. Some trains from Liverpool Station stop at Harlow on the way to Stansted Airport.
The Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail
West Yorkshire, England
Owned by the UK National Trust, the trail winds through 400 acres of a deeply wooded valley. The Sculpture Trail only lasts 5 weeks each year. The trail runs from June 14th to July 30th, 2000. Over 50 sculptures can be seen on this transitory sculpture exhibition in the wood. Work is by by both local, national and international sculptors.
For comments or inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden
ST IVES Cornwall UK TR26 1AD
Telephone: 01736 796226 (international +44 1736 796226)
Gallery HoursOver 40 sculptures by the artist from 1950-1975
(See Tate Museum)
Hooke Park College
Tel (44-1308) 86 3 1 30DT83NA
Sculpture By Andy Goldsworthy and a series of briddges designed by students, including Malcom Strong, are on this college campus. All sculptures are outdoors.
Ironbridge Openair Museum of Steel Sculpture
Cherry Tree Hill
TF8 7EF, ENGLAND
Tel 01952 433
Work by sculptor, Roy Kitchins, and other artists of the area. The site is being developed to display the industrial heritage of Ironbridge and provide a location for artists that continue to make sculpture carrying the old traditions.
The work of 11 artists is on display, all either iron or steel, with 60 sculptures overall. Coalbrokedale is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the artists work on their projects on the ten acre site.
Jerwood Sculpture Park
Worcestershire WR6 6JT
Once one of the great house of England, Witley is now a ruin and the property of English Heritage which is restoring it. Attendance since it was opened to the public in May 1999 averages 80,000 visitors per year. " The sculpture park is focused on contemporary British sculpture which includes commissioned work, the permanent collection and those on loan from other collections according to Rosemary Barnett, curator.
The permanent collection includes work by Elisabeth Frink; Ronald Rae; Kenneth Armitage; Harry Everington, Alan Thornhill and Anthony Gormley.
Kettle’s Yard Gallery
Entry is down a side path to the back courtyard. The gallery is very understated non non-sense space. The art shown is by competent but unsung artists on the leading edge. Changing shows have included: Stephen Chambers, Prunella Clough, Juan Cruz, Kenneth Martin, Diet Sayler and Richard Wentworth
Kielder Sculpture Trail
The Kielder Water & Folrest Park, in addition to trails, visitor centers and the like, has 12 outdoor ecologically related sculptures done as site specific work by regional artists and Anonymous Quarrymen. There links to each of these high quality sculptures with information about the work, the artists and how to find them in the park.
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder Castle UK
Tel 01434 250209
Located on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views is Skyspace; a few miles from Kielder Village and eight miles from the Scottish border. Designed by artist James Turrell of Roden Crater fame, Kielder Skyspace is a buried cylindrical chamber entered through a tunnel, it is capped by a nine feet diameter opening in the ceiling. Precast concrete seats for 25 people are at the base of the cylinder.
Behind the seats is a concealed source of low level illumination that provides a continuous ring of light on the walls and ceiling.
Turrell has designed the skyspace so that there is a precise balance play between the interior light and the northern natural light of the Kielder landscape.
While it is open 24 hours daily, the best times to experience displays of changing hue and color is before dawn and after dusk. During daylight the chamber is a place of quiet contemplation. The sky appears isolated from it surroundings and as if it is solid.
The artists challenges our expectations that colors we see in our surroundings are constant, by providing with proof that we constantly modify and in some cases create color in our minds in response to our surroundings. These effects work in all weather conditions. Turrell says, "These are the skies of Turner and Constable and this space works like that too." Other Skyspaces are in Ireland, Japan, Israel, Holland and France.
- Life behind the scenery...
Tel: +44 (0)1524 67007
Fax: +44 (0)1524 849876
Toll free:(U.S.) 1-800 227-5550 - Groups:(U.S.) 636-946-9342
Escorted hiking & walking vacations of quality in rural Britain. Members of:North West Tourist Board Council for the Protection of Rural England.
West Devon, U.K.
This is an interesting scheme that allows contemporary art to be done in conjunction with an archaeological dig to come up with an interpretative understanding of life in the late Neolithic/early Bronze age settlement on Leskernick Hill. And how it might influence our current thinking by the creation of new meanings through looking the ancient site through several intellectual disciplines. Started in 1995 and completed in 1999, this project was the culmination of artists, archaelogists and anthropologists working together.
"Artists are by nature are visual magpies"; what this project is about is the transformation of the past through artists' eyes. There is the usual baggage of useless pseudo intellectual banter, but overall I found "Art & The Re-Presentation of the Past" by Barbara Bender, Sue Hamilton, and Christopher Tilley to be worth mulling through... If this was a bad idea just chuck it out.
The Meadow Gallery at Burford House
Shropsahire County, between
Tenbury Wells and Ludlow
A new three acre sculpture gallery has opened with a changing exhition, "Exploring Borders and Boundaries". This unique open-air sculpture venue features changing exhibitions and more permanent installations. It is not very far from the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, near Telford, Shropshire (See link in this directory).
Modern Fountain Sculpture
Green Park near Buckingham Palace Gates
A interesting very large scale set of two rhombic irregular shaped geometric sculptures look very comfortable in this park setting.Give it a look see.
* Henry Moore Foundation
74 The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)113 234 3158
Henry Moore in 1977 created the Foundation to 'advance the education of the public and their appreciation of the fine arts, particularly the work of Henry Moore. The trustees pursue this goal through the display and study of Moore's work at Perry Green in Much Haddam in Hertfordshire (Collections & Exhibitions); The Henry Moore Institute, a center for the study of sculpture located in Leeds; Contemporary Projects; and grants and donations to support exhibitions, conservation, and commissions.
Among its more active and ample funding for projects is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, near Leeds (see Yorkshire Sculpture Park below).
Henry Moore Studio
Gate 1, Dean Clough
Henry Moore stated that the mission of his foundation was "developing public interest, knowledge and appreciation of sculpture of all periods and nationalities, with an emphasis on contemporary work." The Henry Moore Sculpture Trust opened the studio in 1989. At the "studio" which is a misnomer; it never was his work place, is a chance to see venturesome contemporary art projects in progress. Here artists are encouraged to explore new media, procedures, take risks and not be concerned with end products. Create without limitations or constraints… The public is invited to see project results after completion. Facilities, expertise, and assistance and access to local resources are all here.
Artists that have worked here: Christian Boltanski, Angela Bulloch, Anthony Caro, Dinos & Jake Chapman, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ulrich Ruckriem, James Turrell, Gillian Wearing and Alison Wilding.
Millennium Dome, Sculpture at the
Greenwich Peninsula, London
Welcoming people at the entrance is 90 foot high "Quantum Cloud" by Anthony Gormley.
As a viewer walks around the sculpture its central core representing the human seems to appear then disappear. The cloud consists of 3,500 steel tubes radiating from a central core.
Richard Wilson's "Slice of Reality" is literally a slice of a cross section of a steam ship from the bridge down through the hull. It is a site specific sculpture based on the Prime Meridian, zero degrees longitude, which conveniently crosses right through the center of the Greenwich Observatory, and is the basis for measuring international time. Tony Cragg installed "Life Time", a triptych made carbon-kevlar fabric. The elements look like a spinning top, a pot bellied stove and chess piece. Very whimsical. Other sculptures include work by Richard Deacon, Rose Fin-Kelcey, Ron Mueck and Tacita Dean.
See "Greenwich Peninsula News-Spring 2000" Page 6 of 7, Sculpture Park
The New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery
Roche Court East Winterslow,
Tel: 01980 862244,
Helen Waters, Manager.
Over 100 sculptures on display by Gormley, Caro and other English sculptors.
New Milestones Project
41 Shelton Street,
London WC2H 9HJ
Sculptures by Angus, Goldsworthy, Randall-Page and fairfax in landscaped garden setting.
Newnham Paddox Art Park
Warwickshire, CV23 ORX Tel: 01788 833513
Half way between Coventry and Rugby in Warwickshire, the Earl and Countess
of Denbigh have carved out 30 acres, from their 3,000 acre estate, for a
lakeside sculpture park. Over 70 sculptures are on display. The grounds are
devoted primarily to the work of UK contemporary sculptors such as David
Begbie, Olwen Gillmore, Gail van Heerden, Jill Tweed, and Althea Wynne,.
Both abstract and representational sculptures in the well landscaped park
and gardens, courtesy of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, are for sale or
Norton Priory Sculpture Trail
30 minutes from Liverpool, Chester or Manchester
Thanks to Diane Gorvin and Phil Bews, the very best of the Forest of Dean creative people, Norton Priory is included in the sculpture parks & garden directory. At first look at their web site I thought it was an abbey that had a garden walk filled with roses and reliquary art. No so. The priory was dismantled by Henry VIII as part of his Reformation when he decided that the church was getting more wealth than the state. All that is remaining of the Priory are the vaults and foundations.
The gardens are beautiful and a museum on the grounds has a policy of commissioning sculptors after they have been in residence on site. Funding comes from sponsors like Business in the Arts and the Henry Moore Foundation. There are only two vestigial traces of reliquary art on the premises, a kneeling monk and a sculpture of St Christopher. The rest are secular work in bronze, wood, concrete, and steel and the shapes range from organic, figurative to hard edge abstractions.
Cathedrals such as Gloucester, Durham, Winchester, and Salisbury put on extremely contemporary and controversial sculpture exhibitions as part of changing exhibition programs. Times are a changing...
Portland Stone and Tout Quarry Trust
Perhaps, this is most famous of all limestone quarries in the U.K. For centuries beautiful white limestone has been quarried here on the Island of Portland. Learn about its history. What's going on there now? Get excited and visit it before they run of of rocks!
Links to over 600 sites that stone art-related sites and resources.
Public Art Research Archive,
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Dave Ball has created a splendid web site chock full of links to other URLs relating to Art in Public Places not only in the UK, but also worldwide sites.
Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park
Jumps Road, Churt
Surrey, GU10 2JA
Tel: 01428 605 799
Eddie Powell, Founder and Director
Only 40 miles southwest of London, the sculpture park is situated on 10 acres of wooded rolling hills, verdant grassy knolls covered with rhodendrons in bloom, ponds, and two fast running streams. Watch this site become the most exciting news in Surrey since Lady Godiva rode through in her starkers!
1.5 miles of all weather pathways will be ready for your arrival. In addition to the sculptures, there is a charming country inn on the grounds that has a wonderful menu. I almost forgot to mention that contigous with the sculpture park is the over 1,000 acre Freshnam Country Park that is open to the public. Sculptors fresh out of the gate with work on display will include: Lynn Chadwick, Robert Bradshaw, Allan Thornhill,Lucy Kinsella, Ronald Rae, Joanna Malin-Davies and Benbow Bullock. Stay tuned for more to follow.
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden,
Standen Lane, Ockley, Surrey,
Dutch collector has small garden size sculptures along streams and
waterfalls in her well landscaped garden.
Quenington Sculpture Trust,
Old Rectory Circencester, Gloucestershire
UK GL7 5BN
"Fresh Air 99" is the fourth summer show in the riverside gardens of the
Old Rectory with work by over sixty artists.
Sausmarez Manor and Art Parks International
Channel Islands, UK
T +44 (0) 1481 235571
Next time you swim the Engtish Channel, be sure to steer your course through the Channel Islands to Guernsey Island, just off the coast of Normandy.The attractive Sausmarez Manor was built in in the late 12th century, with remodels and additions in 1714 and 1718. The manor was eventually returned to the de Sausmarez family in 1748, by purchase. Paid for by monies from the bounty of the capture of the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora Capa Donga, one of the richest treasure finds at that time. Peter de Sausmarez opened the Manor to the public in 1998. There are approximately 164 sculptures by over 70 sculptors on display. Most of the sculptures are for sale. In addition to the sculpture park, there are extensaive floral gardens to stroll through when you visit. During the year, there are various festivals, some are sculpture related, others include the manor or the gardens.
Sculpture at Goodwood
Hat House Copse
West Sussex PO 18 OQP
Tel: +44 (0) 1243 538 449,
Opened in 1994 Goodwood is a charitable foundation formed to promote British sculpture worldwide. Situated on 20 acres in beautiful West Sussex, over forty sculptures can be seen on weekends from April through October. The foundation has commissioned over 100 sculptures and has supported artists with vigorous program of funding and marketing. Do not expect to see the same sculptures at Goodwood for very long. They have been very successful in their sales efforts.
The Goodwood website has an excellent links to works of current sculptures on display as well as a well done archival resource which includes biographies of artists that have been commissioned. The foundation also has a gallery in London at 3-4 Percy Street, London WIT 1DF; (44-207) 637-0129
Kensington Gardens, London UK
An island in the middle of the hustle bustle of London. Changing shows with over 3 acres of grounds for sculptures.
Slice of Reality '99
Imagine a 600 ton sea going gravel dredge on the banks of the Thames near Greenwich, with just the ship's bridge
and a hull section intact. Richard Wilson made a 60 foot high section of an actual dredger into a site specific permanent art piece that has become his office and studio. On the "Memoryscape" web site you listen to dock workers discuss the
estoric techniques of loading and unloading a ship. They also have "Audio Walks" of other parts of London.
A short walk from here is Anthony Gormley's "Quantum Space metal sculpture, a large scale outdoor sculpture that looks a model of an atomic structure.
M1 Highway at Chesterfield, U.K.
In June 2003, Chesterfield will be the home of Britain's largest sculpture, 132 foot high abstract sundial by artists Richard Swain and Adam Walkden. The project is part of a revitalization program for Northern England which has suffered from the demise of the coal and steel industries. Three giant, vertical triangles made of mild steel covered with stainless steel will be built on a stone and brick plaza. The idea is to create the appearance of a pyramid. Shadows cast by the sculpture will tell the time. At night a combination of lights and lasers will illuminate the work.
Watchout Anthony Gormley, heres comes competition for your "Angel of the North"!
Storey Gallery : The Garden
The Storey Institute
Meeting House Lane
Lancaster LA1 1TH, UK
A Tasting Garden, whoa! What's that? A sculpture gardens with pears, apples and other producing fruits to taste as you stroll this site specific sculpture garden.
A fascinating site and concept, "The Tasting Garden", a permanent installation done by artist, Mark Dion, in collaboration of the Storey Gallery and Transpennine98. The project was supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Tate Gallery Liverpool. In 1998 fifty artists created 40 sculptures for 30 sites from Liverpool to Hull.
A long-neglected garden was made into an artform by gardeners, volunteers and artists. Paths in the garden meander much like the branches of a living tree and reminiscent of a family tree or evolutionary tree, a visual metaphor of a rich cultural history.
There are four main branches/paths each bearing a living northern fruit tree like a plum, apple, cherry or pear. A small branch shoots off to display a particular variety of the fruit in the form of alive tree and a bronze sculpture of its fruit. Many of the trees in the Tasting Garden are endangered varieties. Some of the breeds offer unusual taste characteristics and also provide a source of genetic diversity.
When the trees are mature the public will be encouraged to sample the taste and textures of fruit from trees only accessible to botanical gardens and professional arborists. The Tasting Garden is a true hybrid orchard and artwork.
Stour Valley Arts
Sandra Drew, Director,
King's Wood Buck Street
TN25 4AR, UK
Tel: 01233 740040
King's Wood is a 1,500 acre forest in Kent, managed by Forest Enterprises for conservation and timber production. SVA, since 1994 has commissioned artists to make sculptures in the forest
with materials found in the woods, but not exclusively. But, the SUV encourages the use of materials that engage in seasonal and gowth cycles. Sculptures in the woods will gradually
change and become part of the cycle of decay and regeneration, Visitors can see newly created sculptures as well as traces of sculptures being reclaimed by nature.
Artworks on Bike Pathways
National Cycle Network
Tel: 0117 929 0888
Can you imagine 10,000 miles of auto traffic free paved pathways for bicycles throughout the U.K. to connect stations, schools and open country while seeing over 279 art works as you glide by? Most of the work was commissioned by Sustrans, a transport charity, supported by generous donations of over 40,000 supporters, charitable trusts, companies, The National Lottery and local public authority programs.
Two artworks caught my eye, both created by Andy Goldsworthy; Jolly Drovers Maze and Lambton Worm on the Three Rivers Cycle Route. Fabulous! Bravo Sustrans!
London, St Ives and Liverpool, UK
Tate Britain/Tate Modern
No longer the crudmugeon, Tate is truly "with it" on the internet! This site is encyclopedic in scope and concept. A valuable addition to the internet.
Victorian Art in England
London and Environs: Sculpture and Sculpture Walks
Sculpture walks in Marleybone, Trafalgar Square and just about any part of London that any sculptures to offer. Easy to follow walking tour descriptions and with lots commentary along with them.
* Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Two hours north of London via train, the sculpture park is located on 260 acres of parkland. The site is shared with University College Bretton Hall, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK. The park is a treasure of sculptures in an 18th century park like setting. Work includes pieces done by: Philip King, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Barry Flannagan, Max Ernst, Joel Shapiro, Sol Le Witt, Barbara Hepworth and the list goes on and on like a Who's Who of international sculptors.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Tout Sculpture Park, Portland Sculpture Trust
U.K. Gardens Open to the Public
44 Duke Street
St James, London SW1Y6DD, UK
Splendid website for the smallest gallery site in Europe! I guess you do not have to have a large space for artists like: Gilbert & George; Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst.
Sculpture in the Parklands
Durrow, Tullamore, County Offaly
Contact for information: Kevin O'Dwyer
Lough Boora Parklands
Boora, Co. Offaly
Contact: Tom Egan
In the middle of Ireland, and in the middle of boglands, a significant art destination has been created. Large scale outdoor sculptures have been made with stones, timbers and other found objects. Original funding came from the Arts Council of Ireland. The artists include mostly Irish sculptors, along with others from Denmark and America. An absolutely outstanding achievement, lads! Keep up the good work.
Sculpture in Woodland
Ireland Tel: 353 1 2011111
In 1996 the first sculpture was installed in this new sculpture park on 600 acres provided by Coillte Forest in the Devil's Glen in Ashford, 50 miles southeast of Dublin. The mission of the park was to provide artists with the resources and support necessary to create works of creative excellence in a natural environment. And to provide cultural, social and economic benefits to the community. The work of over 20 Irish and international sculptors can be seen on the grounds by following well marked nature trails. This is a real gem.
Art in Partnership
34 Blair Street
Scotlands's Leading Public Art Commissions Agency. Art in Partnership, founded in 1985 is a non-profit visual arts consultancy group that provide meaningful art criticism, and a curatorial and project management services for both public and private groups that are considering commissioning works of art, or developing collections of art and craft.
Jupiter Artlands Park
A new 80 acre private sculpture park, near the Edinburgh airport, is open to the public three days week. The artpark was the brainchild of Nicky and Robert Wilson, She is an artist and sculptor. And he is the chairman of Nelson’s, a family owned homeopathic products firm. Most of the sculptures are site specific, and created by world class sculptors like: Gormley, Kapoor, Goldsworthy, Jencks, Cornelia Park and Laura Ford.
Bonnington House, built in 1622, overlooks the Firth of Forth, with the famous railroad bridge in the background. A nearby neighbor is the late Ian Hamilton Findlay, the famous concrete sculptor/poet, and creator of Little Sparta. He had a strong influence on the Wilson’s landscape designs before he died in 2006. There are three Findlay sculptures In the collection.
The Wilsons are on a learning curve, coping with the needs of the public. In order to limit the numbers of people, A visitor must call a day in advance, and request a morning, midday or afternoon time schedule, on one of the three days a week, Jupiter Artpark is open.
Cardiff Bay Arts Trust
Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
The Arts Trust's mission is to convert 2,700 acres of industrial, docklands and residential blighted areas near Cardiff into aesthetically pleasing parks by installation of sculpture. Some of the site specific sculptures that standout are "Celtic Ring" '93 done by Harvey Wood. It is a large scale bronze Celtic torc like bracelet. And "The Merchant Seafarers Memorial", a large sculpture made of "seam steel" sections, is dedicated to merchant marine sailors who went down to sea during WWII; done by artists Brian Fell in 1997.
Public Artworks Wales
11-12 Mount Stuart Square
CF10 SEE Tel: 029 2048 9543
This splendid encyclopaedic website tells all. Where it is, who is doing it, along with comments by artists, and naturally photographs of some of the site specific installations. If you are going to visit Wales, please checkout this website first!
Sky and water is the best background to show off sculpture, according to Henry Moore. Wales has lots of both, including some wonderful new contemporary sculptures. Bravo!
Margam Country Park Sculpture Parks
Port Talbot, Wales
This web site has photographs of what can be seen at Magram. Created by Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University.
email the artnut
12 Sandy Beach
Vallejo, CA 94590
Copyright © Benbow Bullock, 2009