Excursions, NJ

Grounds for Sculpture

groundsforsculpture1I always want more art in my life.  Art to me is an escape and a source of inspiration.  When I heard that there was a large sculpture garden in Hamilton, NJ called Grounds for Sculpture, I had to check it out.  I also heard that the founder loves impressionist art and has several sculptures in the garden that emulate famous impressionist paintings.  Like Monet’s bridge over a pond of water lilies which happens to be one of my favorites.  Grounds for Sculpture is about an hour and a half drive from the city.  I didn’t realize how serious this sculpture garden was until I got there.  It’s 42 acres of breathtaking grounds with over 200 sculptures.  There were moments when I forgot I was in a sculpture garden because it felt like I was in a painting.  There is beautiful landscaping, sculptures, outdoor cafes and ponds.  When you want to escape for the day or want to be inspired make your way to Hamilton, NJ to see these sculptures!

groundsforsculpture2{This bridge emulates the Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet}

groundsforsculpture3Top:  Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) by Édouard Manet | Bottom: Dejeuner Déjà vu by J. Seward Johnson

groundsforsculpture4Top: Le déjeuner des canotiers (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Bottom: Were you invited? by J. Seward Johnson | Can you spot me?

groundsforsculpture5Left: Woman with a Parasol, Madame Monet with her Son (1875) by Claude Monet | Right: On Poppied Hill by J. Seward Johnson

groundsforsculpture6Left: Argenteuil (1874) by Édouard Manet | Right: Sailing the seine by J. Seward Johnson