Lluvia. Pluie. Yū. Baarish. Regen. Reën. Mvua. Tumtir. Geshem. Ame. In other words… rain. And no matter which language you choose, New Jersey has received quite a lot of the wet stuff over the past few weeks. It was a nice surprise then, that on the second day of summer the clouds parted, the sun returned, and we were treated to a gorgeous morning. Indeed, the meteorologist on our local news station told her viewers to “Make sure you go outside today!” and who are we to argue with a scientist?
Fortunately, we already had a destination chosen: Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre park which features over 270 sculptures in both indoor and outdoor installations. Once the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds, Grounds for Sculpture is located in the township of Hamilton, near the state capital of Trenton. Founded in 1992, the park features not only sculptures, but also a museum, several art galleries, a cafeteria, and a French restaurant. My wife, who had planned the trip, surprised me with tickets on Saturday morning… and off we went!
It has been a while since the last post, however, so before I begin the writeup of our latest adventure, a few updates are in order:
And finally, this past month saw a major milestone for Honda – the company recently celebrated its 60th anniversary selling vehicles in the United States. Tyson Hugie, whose blog “Drive To Five” helped to inspire “The Open Road Ahead,” was invited by Honda to attend a car show in honor of the anniversary, and you can read more about his experience attending the event here.
Honda also unveiled a very cool car – a fully reconditioned N600, the very first car they ever sold in the United States. This N600, Serial Number One, was hand-restored by Honda expert Tim Ming in honor of the company’s 60th anniversary. If you’re interested in cars, business history, or just one man’s singular devotion to perfecting his art, I’d highly recommend this half-hour video:
And now… without further adieu… Grounds for Sculpture:
Grounds for Sculpture was one of the coolest sites I have ever visited in New Jersey. The park is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, and admission is free for members and children ages 5 and younger. Tickets are discounted $2 cheaper for adults and seniors if you order online, and given that the park does cap the number of guests each day, I would highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure that you do not show up on a day when the park is sold out. Should you be in the Philadelphia or New York areas, I would definitely suggest a detour to this fantastic museum!
Thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!
5 thoughts on “Art for Art’s Sake.”
Happy anniversary! Looked like a great way to spend it. Your ratio of sunny vs. cloudy days is exactly the inverse of ours. I can’t remember the last time I turned on my windshield wipers out here. I really love the art by Seward Johnson. Years ago there was a huge version of “Forever Marilyn” on display at a city park in Palm Springs, California. I think they’ve since transported it away. I think it’s cool that they encourage you to interact with the art at that facility. Also, huge congrats to Chuck & Deb, and it’s awesome of them to capture the 100-mile odo reading.
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Thanks, Tyson! This was my first exposure to Seward Johnson’s works, and the lifelike quality of his bronze sculptures was truly impressive. And yeah, it was a lot of fun that the museum encouraged you to (carefully!) interact with the art. Have a great week!