A walk in the garden
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"Young people need to grow up in the presence of the arts,"
Murphy, who died in 1994, once said. "My own view has always
been that you cannot expect to develop beauty of character without
beauty of environment."
visitors often are surprised by the garden's lushness and notable
collection of 19th- and 20th-century figurative and abstract sculpture
by such seminal artists as Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Joan
Miró, Auguste Rodin and David Smith.
shaping his idea for the sculpture garden, Murphy drew on his studies
and travels in Europe, where he witnessed the continent's great
civic and urban-planning movement. He was especially taken with
Italy's great plazas, which provided public spaces in an artful
wanted to create a sculpture garden as a transition zone on campus,
as a place for reflection of the unforced, unmediated kind,"
says Cynthia Burlingham, deputy director of collections for the
UCLA Hammer Museum and the garden's curator.
and UCLA landscape architect Ralph D. Cornell transformed what was
originally the "fair-weather parking lot" so-called
because the dusty lot became a quagmire when it rained into
one of the nation's most renowned outdoor sculpture gardens. Curators
from museums and universities around the country come to campus
to glean ideas when developing or modifying their own gardens.
its broad range of bronze, steel and marble works by European and
American artists who have defined some of the most important directions
in 20th-century sculpture, it not only clarifies modern sculpture,
but also champions sculpture in general," writes art critic
Michael Brenson in an essay on the garden. "It makes the objects
in it as important as buildings and trees, as essential as architecture
and nature. Sculpture here seems part of all creative life, including