Designed by renowned landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power, the Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden has been a highlight for visitors since it was unveiled in October 1999. Works by Aristide Maillol, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz, and others are installed throughout the Museum’s lush and vibrant gardens.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the sculpture garden the Norton Simon Museum is organizing a series of events that focus on the garden, including lectures, outdoor concerts, art-making programs for adults and families, tours, and focus nights. The first event will take place Saturday, October 11, 2014, when Chief Curator Carol Togneri moderates a panel discussion about the renovation with Power, Norton Simon foundation Trustee and retired Museum Director of Art Sara Campbell, and Museum Director of Operations John Sudolcan.
Next spring, Yale University Press will publish a visually enticing book on the sculpture garden designed by Marquand Books. With chapters on the history of the property and the works of art installed on the grounds written by Museum staff, along with an essay on the extensive transformation in the 1990s written by Power, this publication will provide readers with an extensive overview of the garden. Throughout the publication will be gorgeous images by celebrated photographer Tim Street-Porter, whom the Norton Simon foundations commissioned to photograph the garden over the course of a year. In the meantime, visitors to the Museum can pick up a free garden guide that includes a map of the grounds and information on many of the plants and sculptures found throughout.