Sunday, November 16, 2008

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park - just a lovely, lovely place. Open areas with huge, bold, magnanimous, sculputes. Paths that go off into the woods with surprises around every corner. We had never before experienced sculpture quite like this. Special. If I lived in St. Louis, I would come here often.
(Again, my cameras are still not working right and don't even come close to doing justice to the site. Check out the website.)


8 comments:

Barbara said...

I very much enjoy sculpture out in the open. I recall a fellow by the name of Kenneth Snelson who created sculpture from steel tubes connected with wire. The balance of forces involved in his work amazed me. Best is when you can walk inside of it. I drove to Buffalo to catch an exhibit of his work. I saw examples in Holland, too. I will see if I can find a link ...

Barbara said...

www.kennethsnelson.net/

beth said...

That's pretty neat stuff, Barbara.

I think that I was first awed by outdoor sculpture in Iceland. Just across from our hotel there was a sculpture garden.

Many of my computer clients, in Florida, especially the Jewish ones, really celebrate outdoor sculpture as well. I often muse about how, as Catholics, we decorated our homes and yards with statues (of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, Francis), but the Jews have all these very strange and interesting things! Wonder what that is all about?!

Barbara said...

You don't have any outdoor shrines in yards in Florida? Pity. I recall one I named the Holy Family's summer cottage because it was unveiled each summer and closed up in the fall.
We have a sculpture garden in Montreal, too, and lovely sculptures dotted around downtown.

Kevin Davis said...

Beautiful park - thanks for sharing.

Found you off Jim Forest's blog - just stoppin' by.

beth said...

Thanks for visiting, Kevin.

I'm sure that there are some outdoor shrines in FL, Barbara ... I guess I'm just not in that particular loop there.

I love sculpture. Perhaps Michaelangelo is the most profound X'tian sculptor that I know. Most of the Christian statuatory that I knew in my childhood did not impress me ... at least I don't remember being moved by it in the same way that I am by other things that I've come across in my adulthood.

Barbara said...

Check out Bernini (Gianlorenzo, I believe). Check out Tilman Riemanschneider or Ernst Barlach. They are less steroidal than Michelangelo.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Parks like that are the best. I love the steps down to the smiley face.