GRACE TAYLOR BROUGHTON SCULPTURE GARDEN
Thoughtfully marrying masterworks with landscape design and architecture, this exciting outdoor gallery showcases the Museum's strong, international collection of 20th century and contemporary sculpture. The design also consists of walking paths and more than 400 new trees artfully arranged in discreet “rooms” to reflect the design of the East Building, which opened in June 2013.
The transformative project immediately south of the museum, as well as an endowment to fund its upkeep, are made possible by a gift from Barbara B. Taylor, president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, and Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, Inc. The garden is named in honor of their granddaughter, Grace Taylor Broughton.
The Sculpture Garden, conceived by noted French landscape architect Michel Desvigne
, completes the Art Museum's physical transformation and creates a distinctive connection to the Museum's home in Forest Park
. The sculpture installation is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art.
Located off the South Terrace behind Sculpture Hall, the Sculpture Garden showcases the Museum's diverse international collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, some of which have never been on display before. The installation of major modern sculpture features examples of figurative work by French artists Maillol, Renoir and Lipchitz, and German sculptor Gasteiger, British artist Henry Moore and Japanese sculptor Masayuki Nagare.
Designed by renowned French landscape architect Michel Desvigne
to complement the East Building, the garden weds the Museum's expanded campus with the natural habitat of Forest Park. Sculptures installed in self-contained garden “rooms” are separated by 450 hornbeam and serviceberry trees, creating spaces for gathering, contemplation, and the appreciation of art, nature, and design.
Sculpture in the Garden
The French sculptor Aristide Maillol's monumental female bronze, The Mountain
Pierre-Auguste Renoir's impressive late nude, Venus Victorious
, a view of the Roman goddess of love and beauty
Grand avant-garde bronze, The Bather
, by the Cubist sculptor, Jacques Lipchitz
Matthias Gasteiger's larger-than-life-size sculpture, Hercules and the Hydra
English sculptor, Henry Moore's Two Piece Reclining Figure, No. 1
and Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 2
Masayuki Nagare's Confluence
, an abstract work in black granite
Sculpture Beyond the Garden
Andy Goldsworthy's Missouri limestone arches, Stone Sea
(commissioned by the Museum in 2012)
Bryan Hunt, Charioteer
, Group Tours Entrance
Henry Moore's Standing Figure
, Alexander Calder's Phrygian Cap
, and Anthony Caro's Farnham (Barford)
, Sculpture Terrace
Roxy Paine's Placebo
, West Lawn
Claes Oldenburg, Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A
, Main Entrance
George Rickey, Two Open Triangles Up Gyratory II
, East Lawn
was appointed the Museum's landscape architect in December 2006. Based in Paris, he received the Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (2000) and the French national Urbanism Grand Prize (2011). Desvigne's landscape projects include Millennium Park in London's Greenwich Peninsula, Luxemburg's Draï Eechelen Park and the New Qatar National Museum in Doha. His projects in the U.S. include the Dallas Center for Performing Arts and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Desvigne teaches at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he is the Peter Louis Hornbeck Design Critic in Landscape Architecture.
Desvigne recently was awarded the leading role in the planning and implementation of the Paris-Saclay cluster, the landscape and urban plan for the development of Euralens, as well as the redevelopment of the old port of Marseille, awarded "prix de l'aménagement urbain" in 2013.