Grounds for Sculpture – The Gardens

The Grounds for Sculpture website describes the gardens as follows:

In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, New Jersey. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture accessible to all, offering visitors the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art through a progressive and self-directed journey.

In 1986, an architectural competition was held for the design of a sculpture park to be located at the old New Jersey State Fairgrounds. The site, which had been abandoned for years, was derelict and barren except for three dilapidated exhibition buildings and fifteen gnarled maple trees. Brian Carey of AC/BC Associates in New York City was selected to be the Project Architect.

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) was envisioned as a place to exhibit sculpture and as a garden and arboretum. The design included formal and informal aspects. Paved terraces, pergolas, and courtyards juxtaposed natural woodlands, ponds, and bamboo groves. Expanses of lawn were delineated by sculptured rose-covered berms.

Landscape construction began in 1989. Since then over 2,000 trees, representing more than 100 species and cultivars, have been planted. In addition to typical nursery stock, many plants were collected from estates and abandoned nurseries, or were salvaged from construction sites. Many of the rare and unusual trees you find here today were selected by Carey and Bruce Daniels, former GFS Facilities Director and Project Manager.

GFS opened to the public in 1992. Since that time, it has welcomed over three million guests. The sculpture park, which started on 15 acres with 15 works of art on display, has expanded to 42 acres containing nearly 300 contemporary sculptures across the ever-changing landscape. It is a work of art itself.

The interplay between sculpture and horticulture is an important part of the vision for GFS. In founder Seward Johnson’s words, the hope is that GFS will “fill people everywhere with the emotional sustenance derived from the powerful and restorative connection between art and nature.”

A complete list of Horticultural Highlights can be found here.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Some new frames

In the preceding post mentioned some problems I had with framed pictures at the Museum of Modern Art.

I recently went with some friends to Ikea and came across some useful and inexpensive frames. So I bought two in different styles to see how they would look with my pictures in them.

I’ll probably print some more and change the cactus picture. I’ll keep the other one because 1) it’s one of very few pictures I have of my father (seen here in front of our house with our dog, Peg) and 2) It may well be the first picture I ever took – with an old Kodak Brownie Vecta box camera. I was about 11 at the time. If it’s not the very first it’s certainly from the first roll.

The picture of the cactus was taken April 16, 2016 at the New York Botanical Garden with a Sony A500. I don’t remember the lens and Lightroom saw fit not to record the lens data.

A Walk in the Woods

While I like to walk in the woods during Summer I don’t particularly like taking pictures. Woodland photography is difficult for me at the best of times: it’s too busy and difficult to isolate subjects without a mess all around them. Also during Summer the foliage is unrelievedly green and lacking in variety. Add to that I’m lazy and find it difficult to get up early in the morning when the light is probably at its best. Rather I manage to get out around noon when it’s arguably at its worst.

On the particular day, however I managed to get up early (actually before sun rise) and get into the woods.

I really does make a huge difference.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon AF 24-70 f2.8 FE