The sculpture parks and trails of England are a rather well-kept secret. They are found all over the country and are great places to visit and introduce the kids to real art.
They are also good introductions to for anyone who is curious about art but feels they would be a bit out of their depth in a gallery. You can take a picnic and the children can run around. Many are free, or very cheap to enter. Each sculpture park is different in character depending on the surrounding countryside. Why not have a day outdoors
and take in some culture at the same time?
Beautiful parks include:
Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Pieces by Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Antony GormleyNew Art Centre, Wiltshire. Set in
New Art Centre, Wiltshire.
Set in beautiful lovingly planted gardens.
Burghley House and Gardens, Stamford.
There is an additional garden of surprises with quirky water sculptures that children can play in.
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire.
20 sculptures set along a trail which takes about three hours to walk round.
The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park, Surrey.
An enormous number of sculptures, and a varied landscape including lakes and woodland.
Broomhill Art and Sculpture Garden, Devon.
More than 300 sculptures in 10 acres of land!
- George Washington's face is 60 feet long. 90% of the heads were carved with dynamite.
- 3 million people visit it every year.
- The actual carving was done by a team of over 400 men.
- Remarkably, no one died during construction.
- The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build.
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Abraham Lincoln
Mount Rushmore National Park
was the brainchild of Doane Robinson. His goal was to create an attraction that would draw people from all over the country to his state. Robinson contacted Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who was working on the monument at Stone
Mountain, Georgia. Borglum met with Robinson during 1924 and 1925. He was the one who identified Mount Rushmore as a perfect location for a grand monument. Borglum decided which presidents to include on the mountain. Congress agreed to match up to $250,000 of funding for the project. Borglum continued to work on the project until his death in 1941.The monument was deemed complete and ready for dedication on October 31 1941.