North Carolina Art Museum: Garden Tour

The North Carolina Art Museum has an extensive outside sculpture collection in their park. On most Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. they have a 90 minute free walk through the collection. On this day David, the volunteer docent, gave an amazing tour. Let’s start..

This sculpture is known as Askew, and was created by Virginia born, New York based artist Roxy Paine. Standing 30 feet tall this steel sculpture is not meant to be a tree but a dendroid, similiar to our veins. Check out the North Carolina Art Museum website to see how it was installed.

Ogromna which means huge in Polish is true to its name. This cedar sculpture was created by Polish artist Ursula vonRydingsvard. It is one solid piece of wood however it was sliced in order to be mounted in its location. The artist grew up in a wooded area of Poland where she developed her love for this art form.

The Three Shades Can you see they are one individual joined?

These lovely Rodins were the impetus for the new museum building as the owner, Iris Cantor, wished her sculptures be displayed in a better site. Thus the new museum building was forged. In front of these amazing works is a lotus pool. At the present time several sculptures are being refurbished at Stanford University.

The Rodin Garden is one of five courtyards which surround the museum building. Three of these courtyards have water features, however the courtyard pictured below was a creation of Mother Nature. It is one of simplicity and beauty. She’s quite an artist wouldn’t you say?

Linear Courtyard

While the museum was born via state funding in the 1940’s it currently is funded by a 70% foundation/30% state partnership. Support through annual memberships of $50 annually is a key component to their operation. These memberships provide many free items and discounted concerts, movies, and special events. This month a special exhibit of Frida Kahlo will be at the museum and every March Art in Bloom, the museum’s biggest fundraiser occurs.

Now, back to the tour…

Collapse by African artist Ledelle Moe is created in cement and depicts the concept that nothing last forever. Her father was a road builder and this encouraged the artist to work in this medium. It is currently on loan to the museum.

The artist also has this work in the African area of the Museum.

Crossroads in another unique piece in the Park. As the museum was built on the former Polk Youth Center this sculpture says much in its title and creation. It is made of bricks from the former youth center by Martha Jackson Jarvis.

Pigcasso is a fun piece which is part of the Discovery Center of the park. A playground is nearby by and there is a spot for picnics as well. Plans are underway for a butterfly garden.

The Museum grounds are watered via a swale system. All rainwater is captured flowing to an onsite pond. The water is cleaned via this system and provides for a beautiful spot.

What a delightful way to spend a morning. There are also volunteer docents on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. who explain paintings to children. Check out the museum website for specifics, and come for a visit. It will leave you with many fond memories.

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