• Wednesday , 21 February 2018

Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton, New Jersey a Stunning of Display of an Art Garden

Photos, story by Cassie Hepler

Get ready to step into a fairy tale world where the art and paintings come to life and will take your breath away! Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park, museum and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Opened to the public in 1992, it has rapidly become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey, welcoming and enchanting nearly 2.1 million visitors since then. Founded by artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson, the nonprofit Grounds For Sculpture presents and conserves an exceptional collection of contemporary sculpture, offers outstanding programming for all ages, and provides seasonally rotating exhibitions in six indoor galleries. Grounds For Sculpture combines art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention.

“This Vision Statement articulates my vision for the Grounds For Sculpture park (the “Park”), to guide future generations that steward the Park for the benefit of the public.” – J. Seward Johnson, Jr., 2014

  • Emotional and Spiritual Invitation.  The Park should be a public space where the broadest cross section of the public is invited to relate to sculptural arts and nature in an emotional way and encouraged to overcome any natural, habitual, or learned resistance or fear of art, for an experience that elevates the soul and heals the spirit.
  • Visceral Experience.  Tools for learning and any intellectual visitor approach to artwork must not precede, preempt, or otherwise interfere with the first, visceral response.
  • Joy of Discovery.  Park visitors should have a self-directed experience accompanied by the joy of discovery, allowing for a greater appreciation and understanding of challenging works of art.
  • Sensory Delight.  The Park should be a delight to all of the senses. In order to bring them closer to the artworks, visitors should be encouraged to touch sculpture with care and respect.  Visual, tactile, and auditory experience should be further enhanced with dance, music, poetry, painting, photography, and other forms of art, without disturbing the enjoyment of the sights, sounds, smells, and sanctity of nature.
  • Collection and Exhibitions.  The collection and exhibitions should include sculpture by recognized masters and emerging artists. Acquisitions should emphasize the work of living artists with significant influence on contemporary sculpture.  Artworks should be displayed thoughtfully and creatively, and in harmony with their natural surroundings, which should be symbiotic with, supportive of, and specifically designed to enhance the artworks.
  • Docents.  Docents should guide Park visitors in a manner centered on the visitor’s observation of and experience with art rather than the artist’s intent.  Docents should invite visitors to examine, think, and respond using their senses to make observations and discover meaning based upon their own experience.
  • Arts Community Leader.  Grounds For Sculpture should serve as a leader in the arts, landscape design, and horticulture communities by assisting others in replicating aspects of the Park model and serving as an inspiration for accessible public art and horticulture.
  • Park Evolution.  In order to evolve and improve, Grounds For Sculpture should foster a culture of learning and self-reflection, thereby becoming more effective and responsive to the needs and desires of Park visitors and artists.
  • Culinary Experiences. Visitors’ sense of taste should be fulfilled through culinary experiences at the Park, including at Rat’s Restaurant, a warm, hospitable environment inspired by impressionist masters that provides an escape from the ordinary, transporting the visitor to another place and time.
  • Sculpture Along the Way.  Visitors should be led to the Park by a path of well-placed sculpture that heightens a sense of anticipation and adventure.

We can talk about how wonderful it is there all day but you have to see it to truly believe it! Enjoy the photo story below.

Van Gogh painting his sidewalk cafe.

Starry night on the ceiling at the Van Gogh cafe at Grounds for Sculpture.

We wanted to see this peacock’s feathers but he was molting at Grounds for Sculpture.

It pays to look up at Grounds for Sculpture.

Put your face in the center for some photo fun at Grounds for Sculpture.

MacBeth’s witches brewing at Grounds for Sculpture.

MacBeth’s witches cauldron at Grounds for Sculpture.

Straight out of a painting, walk into it at Grounds for Sculpture.

The iron version of Stonehenge at Grounds for Sculpture.

Lovers hidden passageway at Grounds for Sculpture.

A pretty phallic statue at Grounds for Sculpture.

The huge naked lady lounging at Grounds for Sculpture.

The old ball and triangle at Grounds for Sculpture.

Ladies in full dresses playing in the park at Grounds for Sculpture.

A molting cicata at Grounds for Sculpture, tis the season!

Picture perfect reflection and marble statues at Grounds for Sculpture.

A lady bathing in the mist at Grounds for Sculpture.

One of the restaurants at Grounds for Sculpture, there was a wedding there that night so it wasn’t open to the public.

Lovely real water lilies at Grounds for Sculpture.

Walk across the many bridges at Grounds for Sculpture.

Straight out of a painting at Grounds for Sculpture.

Peeking out stone windows at Grounds for Sculpture.

Peeking out stone windows at Grounds for Sculpture.

Lovers take a pause at Grounds for Sculpture.

Hidden paths lead to random statues like this fisherman at Grounds for Sculpture.

The lady of the lake at Grounds for Sculpture.

Potted perfectly at Grounds for Sculpture.

A fashionista statue at Grounds for Sculpture.

Plenty of coy in the water at Grounds for Sculpture.

Does this painting look familiar to you? Watch the video below to see more!

Just popping into someone’s dinner at Grounds for Sculpture.

A naked lady taking an outdoor bath at Grounds for Sculpture. See the video below to see more!

Venus inspired artwork at Grounds for Sculpture.

Exactly like the painting at Grounds for Sculpture.

The forest of the subconscious is quite trippy at Grounds for Sculpture.

Who can forget the Scream at Grounds for Sculpture?

A hidden lovers embrace at Grounds for Sculpture.

A traditional African wedding was happening when closing time came at Grounds for Sculpture, what an amazing venue for it!

The metal sculpture of music, hit the metal with metal and make a tune at Grounds for Sculpture.


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