MMFA’s new sculpture garden

By on 25 November, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

On a recent Sunday, we were taking the dog to our muddy public dog park and decided to swing by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts to see what was happening there. Alas, we missed the Artists’ Market, which had been the previous day, but we did get to wander around the place. There was a live band playing some jazz to a pretty full house, and we got to walk through the new sculpture garden. It’s nicely landscaped, with a good layout and spatial flow throughout. We’re not sure how they chose the inaugural exhibit, but it’s certainly an interesting selection. Some things left us puzzled, while others gave us that cool, uplifting feeling that a monumental gesture can invoke. It was a beautiful day, and we were happy to be outside and around art.

It’s always nice to see how outdoor sculpture weathers after extended exposure to the elements. There were some fairly unique pieces that were largely made up of rusty agricultural implements, and they are sure to gain more character as the weather works on them. Our favorite piece may have been the horse made of wood, which seemed to be creaky and alive, as if roots or driftwood had suddenly taken equine shape.

The garden’s a nice addition to the MMFA, and we look forward to seeing how it grows, both as plants fill it in and as new pieces come into the space. Sometimes a museum or gallery can be stifling, and it’s nice to have an option to keep seeing art while stepping outdoors. It might also be a good place for high-energy children to stretch their legs without having to speak in the hushed tones more appropriate for indoor exhibits.

Here are some pictures from our trip. We wish you and your families all the best for a good Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you back here next week!


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