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Spring Into Action: Grounds for Sculpture


As spring is in full gear I am taking advantage of the weather and a few free afternoons, fleeing the city’s rush. A little creative research and a short drive can transport one’s spirit a long way…

Our first stop: Grounds for Sculpture.

I was a little skeptical at first. A sculpture garden in New Jersey, off of Route 1… How good could it be? Impactful enough that I can’t get it out of my mind.

Conceived with purpose and complexity in mind, visitors can view and confront works of art in a setting that is a work of art itself.

It is encouraged to proceed on a path of your own design, wander off the trail, and make it your own. For some it is a place for an afternoon walk, a time to reflect, a romantic picnic destination, whatever it may be, inevitably you will become part of the process.

The architects have weaved a rich and multi dimensional setting where the forces of  man and nature Co-Exist.  The simple and the complex, the shocking, playful, and the subtle, all have a place.

two men


Girl in the shower

Renoir, a new dimension

Renoir a new dimension

Constantly evolving, the ground’s tapestry change with the seasons.  It made me want to revisit in the peak of foliage and when the earth’s floor is snow covered.

There are no right paths, no right answers (kinda like life).  Keep asking questions and keep exploring…

The Evolution
Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ was conceived by sculpture and philanthropist J. Seaward Johnson.  His vision was to create an accessible public venue intended to foster an appreciation of contemporary sculpture.

Formerly the NJ state Fairgrounds and later a racetrack. The neglected property had grown desolate with almost no trees or any significant landscape.

Beginning in 1989 the transformation of a few barren plots began.

With a dream, constant dedication and commitment to an aesthetic vision, the Grounds now encompass 35 lush acres showcasing over 200 varieties of trees, thousands of unique flowers and ornate shrubs. 240 permanent sculptures now call this setting their home.


Indoor Exhibits

 Whimsical Dining-Rats

Also located on the Grounds is Rats restaurant. Named after the fabled character in the children’s classic

The Wind In the Willows. Rats enchanting chateaux overlooks a scenic lily pond and bridge inspired by the works of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. The rustic ambiance and intimate dining areas compliment the French influenced fare.

Rats Bar

Enjoy a hand crafted cocktail in the Moroccan themed bar

Dine kitchen side at the private Chef’s Table

My afternoon on the grounds that started as a day trip turned into an inspiration. It sparked my excitement about our upcoming adventures– stay tuned…

Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)

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One Response to “Spring Into Action: Grounds for Sculpture”
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