Sunday, May 31, 2009

Discovering the delights of the LACMA Sculpture Garden - Part two...

Today is the second installment from my visit to the B. Gerald Cantor Outdoor Sculpture Garden at LACMA.
B Gerald Cantor Bronze Sculpture Garden LACMA
In addition to hosting around ten Rodin and three Bourdelle bronze sculptures, the design of the garden is fairly unique and intriguing.
B Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden LACMA
The tranquil palm tree adorned space was re-envisioned by Robert Irwin, who is also well known for creating The Central Garden at The Getty Center.  

Eve by Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture at LACMA
I think there was some debate about whether the palms compliment the French bronze sculptures, but I like the garden design and especially how it mirrors the symmetrical Urban Light installation beside it.
Eve by Auguste Rodin sculpture at LACMA
At the bottom of the stairs leading down to the garden you'll find 'Eve' by Auguste Rodin
Eve Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture
First modeled c.1881, the piece was cast by Musee Rodin in 1968.

Monument to Honore de Balzac
Monument to Honore de Balzac
Towering over the entrance to the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden on Wilshire Boulevard you'll find the Monument to Honore de Balzac, renowned French novelist and playwright, which was first modeled in 1897 and cast in 1967.

Jean de Fiennes, Draped
Jean de Fiennes, draped sculpture
Flanking the entrance you'll find another two bronze figures paying tribute to the Burghers of Calais, heroes of the Hundred Years' War and symbols of French patriotism. 
Rodin's Jean de Fiennes, draped sculpture
On the left as you enter is 'Jean de Fiennes, Draped' which was originally modeled c.1885-86 and cast by the Musee Rodin in 1987.
Jean d'Aire
Rodin's Jean D'aire bronze sculpture
On your right you'll find a bronze statue of 'Jean d'Aire', which was first modeled around 1886 and cast in 1972. 
Jean d'Aire Rodin bronze sculpture
Here he is pictured holding one of the keys to the city of Calais.

Monumental head of Jean d'Aire
Monumental head of Jean d'Aire sculpture
Following on from the theme of the Burghers of Calais, you'll also find the Monumental Head of Jean d'Aire at the bottom of the steps leading down to the garden, side-by-side with fellow town leader, Pierre de Wissant.
Rodin bronze head sculptures at LACMA

Monumental head of Pierre de Wissant
Monumental head of Pierre de Wissant
This piece by Rodin was modeled c.1884 to 1885, enlarged in 1909 and cast in 1971. 
LACMA Rodin bronze head sculptures
Just a brief interlude from all these Rodin and Bourdelle bronze works, above the garden on the sculpture terrace near the Bust of Rodin, you can also find a sculpture by British artist, Henry Moore.

Three-part Reclining Figure
Henry Moore's Three part reclining figure
This bronze sculpture was produced in 1961 to 1962, by the Englishman who lived from 1898 to 1986. You can see more of his sculptures at The Getty Center.

The Prodigal Son
Rodin's The Prodigal Son at LACMA Sculpture Garden
The final Rodin sculpture that I want to showcase today is on display in the middle of the Sculpture Garden at LACMA - 'The Prodigal Son'.
The Prodigal Son sculpture side view
The statue was first modeled for Rodin c.1884/1894 to 1899 and cast in 1967 and is also known as 'Child of the Century'.
The Prodigal Son Rodin's bronze sculpture
Rodin once explained the sculpture expressed psychological tension and distress and was originally a study for 'The Gates of Hell', a work depicting scenes from 'Dante's Inferno'.

In it's lovely new home under the blissful Californian sunshine it's hard to imagine that he's suffering the agonies of the Underworld.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at the wonderful sculptures on show outside LACMA, if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Sculpture Garden, it's worth it and it's free to see.

Enjoy the inspiration...


Nanc Twop said...

Interesting that one was ''modeled in 1897 and cast in 1967''... any idea how it happened to finally get cast in 1967?

Thanks for posting the pictures!

Jason in Hollywood said...

I'm no art expert, but I assume when you create bronze sculpture like this you make a master mold - so there is the original sculpture, but then you can re-cast the same sculpture in the future?

I bet bronze isn't cheap!

Can anyone help us out with this? Thanks!

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