Outdoor sculpture creates almost a fairy tale like, mythical setting that conjures the idea of physically being in another world, basically in the world of the artist’s mind. And not only is this other-worldliness enchanting, so is the fact that the sculpture so becomes a part of the reality surrounding it. It becomes part of the bigger picture, adding to the world around it instead of being something so delicate that it can not weather being outside the confines of a gallery. Outdoor sculpture transcends art in a way and becomes part of our every day reality.
LUAG has 50 outdoor sculptures in its collection. Pick up a brochure for a self guided walking tour at our Main Gallery. Below are just a few of the sculptures from our collection and close up shots. To see the entire sculpture take a tour or find out more at https://luag.org//pages/outdoorsculpture.cfm.
George Segal / American (1924 – 2000) / Woman on Park Bench, 1998 / Bronze with white patina / Gift of the George Helen Segal Foundation. Segal was a chicken farmer by trade, artist by choice. He grew up on his family’s poultry farm and went on to own his own chicken farm after he was married. He started his career as a painter, but he gained his fame from the use of plaster bandages to create sculptures, usually representing figures. These figures became part of the “Pop art” movement.
Mary – Ann Unger / American (1939 – 1999) / The Temple, 1987 / Aluminum / Gift of Philip Muriel Berman. As most of you know The Temple was almost destroyed in 2012 when a tree fell on it during Hurricane Sandy. The sculpture was recently restored to its grandeur. Given the geometric perfection of Unger’s sculptures, it is not a surprise that she was raised by engineers. She innately inherited a natural ability with mathematical formulas, which shows in the absolute balance of some of her works.
Menashe Kadishman / Israeli (1932 – ) / Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1980 / Welded steel and rusted patina / Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman. Kadishman is an Israeli sculptor and painter. He was a shepherd for a time in his youth and this experience had great impact on the nature of his work, pun intended. His work contains a lot of nature, especially sheep. Sheep portraits were his first signature item. As seen in the four sculptures in our collection, sheep and nature also carried over to his sculpture.
Henry Moore / English (1898 – 1986) / Large Totem Head, 1968 / Bronze / Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman and Nancy Berman Bloch. Moore is a very well – known British sculpture. He emerged from the obscure modernist movement of the 1920’s. In 1946 he had a one-man exhibition at the MOMA and two years later he won the International Prize at the Venice Beinnale. He went on to create large-scale public projects throughout the Western world. It is hard to miss his name while studying the history of modern sculpture.