Grounds for Sculpture’s new East Gallery is helping to attract winter visitors

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Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. (40 minutes from Philadelphia) is home to 270 sculptures spread out across 42 acres of parkland. With the recent opening of a new performance space called the East Gallery, the sculpture park offers a variety of performance events throughout the winter months.

“The East Gallery is a fantastic acoustical venue, besides being gorgeous to look at,” said Sandra Pucciatti, co-founder of Boheme Opera NJ. The Trenton-based opera troupe featured seven singers in a variety program.

A whimsical nature-inspired installation called Canutopia, by artist Ming Fay, populates the gallery’s walls and ceiling with seeds, branches and leaves, bringing sculpture indoors.

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Grounds for Sculpture’s founder, Seward Johnson (grandson of Johnson & Johnson founder Robert Wood Johnson) wanted to make a place for contemporary sculpture that would engage the general public. Throughout the park, visitors encounter his life-size bronze figures that pay homage to paintings by Monet, Renoir, and Manet, in addition to towering abstract works by Isaac Witkin and Strong-Cuevas.

Through April, the Museum Building houses Robert Taplin’s series of giant fiberglass figures suspended in mid-air entitled The Five Outer Planets. Taplin himself will offer a guest lecture at Grounds on Saturday, Jan 12 at 1 p.m.

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