|War Mother - 1939|
Another great fact - the sculptor and his wife built a home and studio here, when they conceived this vision. They overlook the existing park and museum..
"Touch" is a very key word....and perfectly designed for high-energy children. "Bronze" also sounded good, as it sounds very strong and secure. The kids could run around and burn off energy, as well as enjoy the art form. Perfect.
|Beast of Burden - 1953|
|Spirit of Flight - 1959|
And run and touch is what they did. The Garden area was beautifully landscaped, with winding paths and sculptures well placed within the natural setting. Both the children found favorites...my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter is enamored with horses and donkeys, and when she saw the donkey sculpture we had a really hard time getting her to move on. My grandson, who is 7, didn't seem to have a specific favorite, but thoroughly enjoyed feeling the textures of stone and bronze.
|Madonna and Child - 1967|
|Bambino Su Cuscino - Bronze - 1976|
|Poetess -Cast Stone - 1956|
What a great day, with both children and adults actively engaged in learning about sculpture, and enjoying the day in nature The city of Austin has done a wonderful job of creating green space and cultural accessibility for all. We need to celebrate these efforts and encourage their development everywhere.
We're ready to go back any day- particularly as we are blanketed in the cold and snow of mid-Michigan!