NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society continued their successful “History Talks” series Thursday night at the New Providence Memorial Library with a presentation by Douglas Kale, the landscape architect for Grounds for Sculpture.
Douglas Kale oversees the transformation of the constantly evolving collection of 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists situated on the 42 acres at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Kale explained the inspiration behind Grounds for Sculpture, which is J. Seward Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, “His dream was to create a sculpture park and arboretum where the sculpture could enhance and visually interact with nature, he wanted to recreate full scale landscapes of famous works of art.” Johnson, a sculptor and philanthropist, wanted to create a place where people could experience sculpture in an accessible, and informal setting.
He presented a slide show showing the creation of Monet’s “Garden at Sainte-Adresse” which is reproduced at Grounds for Sculpture full scale. He explained the painstaking work, excavation and landscaping that goes into just one of the many recreations at the museum.
As always, the History Talks are free and open to the public. Visit the New Providence Historical Society website for more information on upcoming events.