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A Garden Worth Visiting

I visited the The de Cordova Sculpture Garden a few weeks ago. This thoroughly enjoyable park is located in Lincoln, Massachusetts about a 35 minute ride and 18 miles west of Boston on 35 acres of lawn and woodland. The ride from the exit off Interstate 95 up to the front gates of the Garden reminds us of how beautiful rural New England can be.

Inside the park, in the most unexpected spots, one finds large scale outdoor contemporary American sculptures. What I like most about this garden is the relationship between art and nature. The sculptures appear to be embraced by their surroundings and look like they had been created specifically for the spot in which they are displayed. That is a reflection of the talent and artistry of the curators that integrated the modern sculptures into the park.

There is a great deal of landscaped space between the works of art. Approaching a designated sculpture in its dedicated location becomes a journey of discovery. Each sculpture occupies a unique place in the garden, differentiated from all of the other places by changes in perspective, elevation, daylight, plants and trees. Not to be outdone are the plantings of perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses that are cleverly arranged to define each unique location.

The curators classify the sculptures as contemporary. Don’t tell that to the kids. I accompanied two little girls aged 3 and 6 who were drawn to and amused by each work of art. They considered every one as a playground object, meant to be climbed upon or explored. Of course, some works have been created from materials that prohibit touching. That didn’t deter the children who seemed to be having a wonderful time as they ran gleefully from one sculpture to another.

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