- Aristide Maillol
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.
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.
The Sculpture Garden completes the Art Museum’s physical transformation and creates a distinct connection to the Museum’s home in Forest Park. It is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art.