On a beautiful summer day we took an hour drive to Hamilton Township, New Jersey, to a fantastical park called “Grounds For Sculpture.’ The artist, Seward Johnson, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family, founded this park and contributed the sculptures for the public to enjoy.
Some of his sculptures are whimsical.
…and some use impressionist paintings as a format to place sculptures of famous artworks around the park in unexpected places. You may be walking around, enjoying the scenery, when there’s a break in the foliage. You peek in and see a famous Monet painting of a picnic scene.
A group of Monet friends gathered at a table for dinner. They graciously invited me to join them.
…and happy to visit old buddies from Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
Harvey didn’t think “The Scream” was anything to get too frightened about!
But it’s not all about art: don’t they realize that Grounds For Sculpture is a family park?
Grounds for Sculpture is a treasure. It’s one of the most unusual parks I’ve seen. Theres a wonderful restaurant on the property called “Rats.” The name is from the classic book, “The Wind in the Willows.” Worth a trip!