PHOTO: Jim Dine. Two Big Black Hearts. 1985. Bronze
THE COOLEST SCULPTURE GARDENS IN MASSACHUSETTS
New England has a legendary reputation for its scenic and diverse landscape. We love the foliage, mountaintops, lush gardens, streams, rivers, and (sometimes) snow but we also love to put a ton of sculpture out in it. Turns out New England’s cultural cool and landscape diversity is matched by its many public sculpture parks, museum sculpture gardens, and public outdoor collections. Next time you’re in the car, on a bike, or hiking up your favorite mountain, take a second look at that picturesque view …there might be a twisting, abstract heap of bronze metal in the distance worth some pondering.
Mass MOCA, North Adams
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum in a converted factory building complex located in North Adams, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States.
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
The largest and possibly most renowned sculpture park of its kind in New England, the DeCordova (dee-cor-duh-vah in eastern Mass-speak) features more than 60 works of modern and contemporary sculpture across 35 acres.
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood
“As a former university history of art professor who specialized in American art, when I discovered that we were going to be in the Stockbridge area, I made sure that Chesterwood would be my go-to-place!” —TripAdvisor reviewer
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Nestled in the center of the Springfield Museums, the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden is exactly that: a sculpture park showcasing life-sized depictions of characters created by Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born and raised in Springfield. Bonus: head inside to check out the Springfield Museums’ Indian Motorcycle collection. You can’t miss those one-of-a-kind sidecars.
MORE SCULPTURE PARKS!
Arts on the Point, Boston
Forest Hills Trust, Boston
List Visual Arts Center (MIT campus), Cambridge
Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park, Newburyport
Butler Sculpture Park, Sheffield
- The Permanence and Beauty of Cast Plaques, Buccacio Sculpture Makes It Possible March 19, 2018
- Sculpture masterpiece of Apollo and Daphne February 13, 2018
- A “King” Bronze January 15, 2018
- Human Anatomy for Artists, the Elements of Form November 21, 2017
- Bronze Restoration and Conservation October 16, 2017