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The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is an amazing place to visit in Grand Rapids, MI. The Sculpture Park is proclaimed to be the most extensive display of sculptures in the midwest featuring over 30 worldwide-reknowned sculptors, including: Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Magdalena Abakanowicz, George Rickey, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Juan Munoz, Hanneke Beaumont, Louise Bourgeois and Mimmo Paladino. The Sculpture Park covers about 32 acres with a mile long trail that passes by each of the sculptures. Most of the grounds are beautifully landscaped with a meandering stream, with waterfalls and wetland areas that attract wildlife such as Great Blue Herons.

There is also a variety of indoor habitats for different types of plants such as cacti and orchids. The Gardens also features an assortment of carnivorous plants. An outdoor amphitheatre at Meijer Gardens also hosts evening outdoor summer concerts. My personal opinion was that the Sculpture Park was far more impressive than I'd anticipated, whereas the Gardens were less so. Nevertheless, I can strongly suggest a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. It's a beautiful place. Their official website can be visited at: Frederik Meijer Gardens. This page has photos of nearly every scultpure at the Frederik Meijer Gardens as well as some of the surrounding habitat and wildlife. Larger version of these photos of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park can be viewed by using a mouse rollover (center image with arrow keys) or by using the Slideshow below.


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photo of the sculpture - Aria - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Aria #3746
This painted steel sculpture was created by Russian artist Alexander Liberman in 1983.

photo of the sculpture - Aria - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Aria #3756
Alexander Liberman, who created this piece, was also active in publishing with Vogue and Conde Nast Publications. He was also an an active artist that created abstract paintings.

photo of the sculpture - Broken Nose Carrying a Bottle - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Broken Nose Carrying a Bottle
This bronze sculpture was created by Spaniard Juan Munoz in 1999.

photo of the sculpture - Bronze 25 - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Bronze 25
Bronze 25 and Bronze 26 face each other, about 15 feet apart at Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park.

photo of the sculpture - Bronze 26 - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Bronze 26
Bronze 25 and Bronze 26 were created by Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont in 1995 and 1996.

photo of the sculpture - Bronze Form - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Bronze Form #3784
The very large and impressive Bronze Form was one of Henry Moore's last sculptures.

photo of the sculpture - Bronze Form - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Bronze Form #3877
Henry Moore's "Bronze Form" as seen from another angle.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Cabin Creek - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Cabin Creek
One striking feature of this sculpture by American sculptor Deborah Butterfield is that it was designed from, and looks exactly like driftwood. And yet, the sculpture is bronze, made by individually casting the separate pieces of driftwood and then assembling those separate pieces.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Colossus - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Colossus
Colossus was cast in bronze by Michele Oka Doner, an American, in 2003.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Column of the Free Spirit - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Column of the Free Spirit
Column of the Free Spirit was created by Richard Hunt in 2000.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Disk In the Form of a Desert Rose - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Disk In the Form of a Desert Rose
This bronze sculpture is by Arnaldo Pomodoro.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Eve - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Eve
This work by famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin was cast in bronze from a model made in 1881.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Figure On a Trunk - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Figure On a Trunk
This bronze sculpture was created by Magdalena Abakanowicz in 1998.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Grand Rapids Arch - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Arch
This sandstone arch was created by Andy Goldsworthy and built in 2005. I was somewhat bothered that the arch was built atop the blacktopped walking path, which in my humble opinion detracts from its appearance.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Grosser Grefree - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Grosser Trefree
Grosser Trefree, in bronze, was created by Dietrich Klinge in 2000.

photo of the sculpture entitled - I, you, she or he... - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
I, you, she or he...
"I, you, she or he..." was created from stainless steel and stone by Jaume Plensa in 2006.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Introspective - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Introspective
Introspective was made from bronze by Sophie Ryder in 1999.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Introspective - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Introspective
The bodies from the neck down are amazingly life-like within the various stances. The heads, somewhat rabbit-like are sinister.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Light Of the Moon - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Light of the Moon #3806
Light of the Moon is a bronze sculpture by Igor Mitoraj dated 1991.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Light Of the Moon - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Light of the Moon #3809
Light of the Moon is a personal favorite, resting somewhat askew and rising to a height of - oh, about 8 feet, if I remember correctly.

photo of the sculpture entitled - Male/Female - 


 in Frederk Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
Male/Female
Male/Female was made from aluminum in 2001 by Jonathan Borofsky. The figure stands about 30 feet tall on a hilltop in Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park.

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