On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

 

 

 

Kids on the ledge

 

Sage and Sage B

 

Hidden sculptures everywhere

Dorion

Gardener

On Poppied Hill

 

 

Fisherman

"Rats" - fine dining

 

Employee Shower

Where you invited? - a take on The Boating Party

One of three original fairgrounds buildings


Grounds For Sculpture was made possible because of the vision of a sculptor named J. Seward Johnson ( Johnson and Johnson family). He bought a vacant lot on the former New Jersey Fairgrounds as a place to display sculpture in an arboretum setting . He has created a true New Jersey gem. At the present time there are over 260 sculptures in this park setting that is filled with 1,000 trees and over 2,000 rose bushes, rhododendrons and other shrubs.

I arrived in time to watch a 12 minute video before joining Elaine for the 1 p.m. walking tour of the grounds. Elaine was a dynamo - she walked fast and talked fast. I guess that is the only way to cover as much of the place as we did. I loved it all from the kids frolicking on the building's edge, the student lying in the grass studying, the gardener, the fisherman, etc.

I was impressed by Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz's Sage and Sage B. She lived through years of war and tyranny and expressed her feelings by sculpting these two headless people - if you live in a totalitarian society you don't need to think for yourself therefore no heads.

Dorion by Bruce Beasley was also impressive. The sheer size of the work and the fact that the staff dyes the water black so the metal reflects even more brilliantly is stunning.

By four o'clock I was exhausted. I can't wait to return - this is a must see if you are in the Trenton/Princeton area.



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