Sculpture Garden Inspiration
Future Generations by William Zorach
As part of my Spring migration, I have been thinking about what inspires me. And what can get me out of my funk and back to work at painting and printing.
Hakone Open Air MuseumSculpture gardens are high on my list of inspiring places. One of the best ones I have ever been to was the Hakone Open Air Museum, in Japan near Mt. Fuji.
by Robert IndianaIt has a "greatest hits" of sculptures from many popular 20th century artists. Mostly post -1960. There is a Henry Moore, Jacques Lipchitz, Louise Bourgeois, Rene Magritte, Rodin, Joel Shapiro, Barbara Hepworth, just to name a few. And Louisiana-born George Rodrigue.
by Deborah ButterfieldIncluding Deborah Butterfield's "Restrained" from 1999 which stands near the rear entrance to the park.
by George SegalBut what I really enjoyed was the interaction of the people with the sculpture. Some sitting on benches integrated with the art.
by Do Ho SuhAnd the finger pointing by people and children when circling the works. The amazement exclaimed about some of the works, especially this one of an "infinity" of men standing piggy back on each other's shoulders as it reaches towards the sky.
Side 1 of George Rodrigue's "We Stand Together", 2005And how you get to wind around the path and see them from many views. Experiencing them from many viewpoints. Large and small.
Side 2 of George RodrigueHere are a couple of my favorites:
by Jaume PlensaThis sitting figure is constructed completely of letters of the alphabet.
by ArmanAnd a water sculpture which upon closer inspection is made up of a tower of metal cello parts.
by Anish Kapoor
"The feeling of awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions--a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art-- have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy, " Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, a co-author a recent University of California study published in the journal Emotion magazine in January 2015. (source: Huffington Post)