UCLA Sculpture Garden
I was on an herb garden tour at the Getty Villa and our guide announced the Romans used sculptures as conversation pieces. I like the idea that a university has crafted a garden for conversation. On their way from “Industrial Organization: Theory and Tactics” to “World Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11,” do students pause to comment, “Did you know Jacques Lipchitz fled from France to America during WWII because he was Jewish?” Or, “What do you think it means for the artist’s love life that he sculpted a naked women as illusive as money?”
There are 70 sculptures in 5-acres of land, perfect for an afternoon picnic under the shade of Canary Island Pines and Coral Trees. I wonder how often students actually make it to this nook on the 410-acre campus. How many Angelenos make it to this nook of the 469 square mile city? It’s problematic that UCLA has an unfortunate parking situation. Ignoring transportation needs, there’s a fantastic vision wherein crowds gather simply to converse with one another.
For a complete list of sculptures, check here: http://hammer.ucla.edu/collections/detail/collection_id/6
Posted on December 19, 2011, in Westwood and tagged Deborah Butterfield, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Murphy Sculpture Garden, Public Art, Public Art in Los Angeles, Rodin, Sculpture Gardens, Sculptures, UCLA, UCLA Sculpture Garden. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.