Photo Essay: Art among the Flowers

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Alexander Calder’s bright red “100 Yard Dash” dominates the middle portion of the lower gardens. In the back, the black sculpture, “Spitball,” was produced by American artist Tony Smith.

Not all of the art is inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. In fact, some pretty incredible sculptures are part of the Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden and the Ryda and Robert H. Levi Sculpture Garden, an oasis between the museum and Charles Street.

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Seasonal flowers line the pathways and trees provide much needed shade on warm Baltimore summer days.

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Barry Flanagan’s “Large Boxing Hare On Anvil” is made of bronze and was created in 1984. No details on why he stands on an anvil….

It’s open (and free!) whenever the museum is open. With lots of paths for strolling (or pushing a stroller), and green places that beckon small children, it’s a great place to spend an hour or an afternoon. And even though the large steel sculptures look like terrific jungle gyms, they’re off-limits even to the smallest among us. A boxing bunny rabbit, gigantic pair of eyes, strange modern sculptures and a few more representational pieces offer visitors a chance to use their imaginations and talk

Auguste Rodin's bronze "Balzac."

Auguste Rodin’s bronze “Balzac.”

about everything from color and shape to what the heck is that bunny doing standing on an anvil?! (You’ll just have to go and see for yourselves.)

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Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band opened the 2013 series on a steamy July 6.

Gertrude’s Restaurant at the BMA overlooks the gardens. The Jazz in the Sculpture Garden concert series brings together these wonderful elements with great music in July and August.

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Rising from the garden is Ellsworth Kelly’s 1986 sandblasted steel “Untitled.”

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A cell phone tour guides visitors along the paths, offering some insights to the works throughout the garden.

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Set in the middle of a water feature, Isamu Noguchi’s 1957 untitled stainless steel work is visible from Gertrude’s terrace tables.

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One response to “Photo Essay: Art among the Flowers

  1. Looks like a lovely spot. I’m not really one for art museums, but seeing outdoor installations like this would keep my attention for much longer as I get to sit and not only look at the art, but the lovely surroundings too–and watch others enjoying the space too.

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