Sunday, May 31, 2009

UCLA Sculpture Garden

One of my favorite places to relax in Los Angeles is the Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA. The garden's collection of over 70 sculptures is displayed on 5 beautifully landscaped acres of the UCLA campus.

I included a few pictures from the sculpture garden in my earlier post on UCLA. Here are some more pictures of sculptures from the garden.

George Tsutakawa, "Obos 69" (1969), bronze:

Vladas Vildziunas, "The Bird Goddess" (1977), bronze:

Jean Arp
, "Fruit hybrid dit la pagode" ("Hybrid Fruit Called Pagoda")(1934), bronze:

Barbara Hepworth
, "Elegy III" (1966), bronze:

Sorel Etrog, "War Rememberance" (1960-1961), bronze:

Aristide Maillol, "Tete heroique" ("Heroic Head")(1923), bronze:

Aristide Maillol, "Torso" (1938), bronze:

Williams Zorach, "Victory" (1950), bronze:

Gerhard Marcks
, "Freya" (1949), bronze:

Gerhard Marcks, "Maja" (1942), bronze:

Gaston Lachaise, "Standing Woman" (1932), bronze:

Robert Graham, "Dance Column II" (1978), bronze:

Henri Laurens, "Automne" (1948), bronze:

Henry Moore, "Two-Piece Reclining Figure, No. 3" (1961), bronze:

Francisco Zuniga, "Desnudo Reclinado" (1979), bronze:

David Smith, "Cubi XX" (1964), welded steel:

Jean Arp, "Ptolomee III" (1961), bronze:

Bernard ("Tony") Rosenthal, "Abstract Plaque" (1964), welded sheet bronze:

George Rickey, "Two Lines Oblique Down, Variation II" (1970), stainless steel:

Deborah Butterfield, "Pensive" (1996), bronze:

UCLA's main art building, which is located adjacent to the sculpture garden, was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. In 2006, Richard Meier & Partners Architects completed the restoration, renovation, and seismic retrofit of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center. In order to reduce costs and environmental impact, the architects reused the existing eight-story concrete structure. They added a support butress on the left side of the building to provide needed stuctural reinforcement, created exterior walkways with teak shades for sun protection, and remodeled the interior classrooms and workspaces. Richard Serra's 2006 sculpture "T.E.U.C.L.A." (Torqued Ellipse UCLA) sits in front of the entrance to the new art center:

There are many more sculptures in the garden that are not pictured here including works by Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Isamu Noguchi, and August Rodin. For a more complete list of the sculptures and other art on the UCLA campus see: Public Art in Los Angeles' UCLA page.

If you are ever in the UCLA area, I recommend a visit to the sculpture garden - the UCLA campus is open to the public and access to the sculpture garden is free (although parking is not).

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  1. Thank you for this. When I was at UCLA in the early Eighties, I'd often rest my eyes in the Sculpture Garden after too many hours in the adjacent library. I remember the Hepworth especially.

  2. Thanks for the details on the art building. A friend of mine was a laborer on that structure when it was built back in the 60's.

  3. Wow, you got some great shots. The Scupture Garden is a great place to relax after a long day on campus.

  4. Thanyou so very much for your info. You left a great place(Bay Area) for another great one! you are indeed a lucky person!

  5. I graduated from UCLA in 1977 and went on to teach for many years. One of my former students just started there as a freshman and I told him to check out the sculpture garden, my most favorite place on campus. I often thought that if they'd have allowed me to, I would have brought my sleeping bag and slept there every night.