Sunday, March 20, 2016

Afternoon at the Besthoff Sculpture Park

The 5-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, in City Park adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art, holds more than 60 sculptures valued at $25 million dollars.  

The weather was perfect for our visit to the Sculpture Garden; works were nestled along foot paths, reflecting lagoons and 200-year-old lives oaks.

After entering,  visitors see a lovely reflecting lagoon; the New Orleans Museum of Art is in the distance.

The first sculpture welcoming visitors is Heroic Man, Gaston Lachaise.

Following a foot path to the left, Rebus 3D-89, Ida Kohlmeyer.

On the right, Untitled, Anish Kapoor.  The Indian-born British artist is probably most famous for Cloud Gate, also known as the "bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park.

Further along the foot path, Corridor Pin, Blue, Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg.  Behind (on the right),  Untitled, Joel Shapiro.

Overflow, Jaume Plensa.

Spider, Louise Bourgeois.

LOVE, Robert Indiana.  (NOMA in the background)

We Stand Together, George Rodrigue.  The Louisiana-born artist took the legend of a Cajun werewolf and created his famous series of Blue Dog paintings.

Of all of the sculptures Doug and I saw that afternoon in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Blue Dog was my favorite.  In fact, the next day we stopped by the late artist's gallery/studio (730 Royal Street, behind the St. Louis Cathedral) to see more of his work.

Monkeys, Rona Pondick.

Bench Series:  3 People on 4 Park Benches, George Segal.

Mother and Child, Fernando Botero (Columbia).

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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