Preview: Saint Louis Art Museum’s New Sculpture Garden

Monday June 22, 2015

By Mark

The Saint Louis Art Museum will mark the opening of the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden on Friday, June 26 with a 5 pm ribbon cutting followed by a public celebration. The new new garden showcases the Art Museum’s strong, international collection of modern and contemporary sculpture in a landscape design that connects the expanded campus with its Forest Park setting.

Landscape designer Michel Desvigne’s vision called for sculpture to be installed in self-contained “rooms” created by more than 400 hornbeam and serviceberry trees. Near the museum, trees are planted close together in a tight grid pattern evoking the coffered ceilings used in the museum’s new East Building. The plantings becomes less geometrical as visitors move away from the museum, with the garden eventually disappearing entirely into informal parkland.

The new sculpture garden will complete the phased landscape plan designed by Paris-based Desvigne in concert with David Chipperfield’s design of the Art Museum’s East Building, which opened in summer 2013.

The garden will be installed with works in the Museum’s collection, including sculpture by Mathias Gasteiger, Jacques Lipchitz, Aristide Maillol, Nagare

Masayuki and others. Two masterworks— Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Venus Victorious and Henry Moore’s Standing Figure—are animated by water features. The garden will complement other works already installed outside, including Andy Goldsworthy’s Stone Sea; Bryan Hunt’s Charioteer; Henry Moore’s Standing Figure; Alexander Calder’s Phrygian Cap; Roxy Paine’s Placebo; and Claes Oldenburg’s Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is located at 1 Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park. For more information, visit