Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Art in the Garden

I'm talking about LARGE art in a LARGE garden. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI to be exact. Wherever I travel I try to go to local public gardens. It gives me a good feel for the area's topography and climate and I always learn something. And of course, some public gardens can be really beautiful and inspiring. Last summer while in Grand Rapids I went to this garden, which has a lovely prairie area with tons of flowers. But as I continued to explore I came across their sculpture park, a very loose and natural area with some really BIG sculptures. Don't you just love this large and loud trowel?

They did a great job of siting the large sculptures. Below is a really interesting one that must be seen from a variety of angles. As you walk around the hill that the sculpture is on top of, the sculpture changes. Can you see it?

Here are the sculpture titles and artists, top to bottom.

"Plantoir" by Claes Oldenberg and Coosje Van Bruggen

"Introspective" by Sophie Ryder

"Cabin Creek" by Deborah Butterfield

"Male/Female" by Jonathan Borofsky


  1. Very interesting sculpture!

  2. Er, that's a big trowel. It's kind of scary...;-)

  3. I love sculpture gardens..we have one at our botanical garden. The horse is excellent. gail

  4. Hi Jean, that was great, I love the giant trowel, and all of them really. The siting is well done, so important for these types of things. Thanks for showing us.

  5. Jean, I love big sculpture like that trowel. Of course, I don't have the size property something that big would require, but I'd love to have something like that.

    Always Growing

  6. The trowel is completely mad and I love it! This is such an interesting post - thank you.


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