During our last trip to the East Coast, we took a train ride from Philadelphia to Trenton, New Jersey. Our plan is to meet our friend there, who will tour us inside the campus of Princeton University. But our friend brought us also to a nice detour on a nearby park, the “Grounds for Sculpture.”
This park is located at Hamilton, New Jersey, and was opened to the public in 1992. Since its inception they have collected more than 240 works of art, including sculptures of renowned artists. It is kind of unique that sculptures blend with the landscapes, and visitors are free to “interact and touch” the art.
The sculptures are scattered all over in the 42-acre lot. Some are in spacious lawn…..
Others are up on a hill…..
On slabs of concrete…..
And even up the wall.
Some of the art pieces are abstracts…..
Some not so abstract, but still captivating…..
And some so captivating, I felt like ogling. (For your curiosity, that is a sculpture and not real.)
Besides the art pieces, the terrain and the passageways are also interesting and varied. Below is a road in the open…..
This one in the midst of bamboos…..
Here’s a narrow path walled by trees…..
And below is a walkway among the hedges.
With all the walking we did, we got hungry. We came to this place inside the park where we had our lunch. The name of the restaurant is “Rat’s.” My son was disappointed when he learned that they don’t serve rats!
The restaurant is beside a man-made pond and has this French garden ambiance. If you feel like you are inside impressionist Claude Monet’s painting, it is because that is exactly what they are imitating. Below is a view from our table.
But the best part of the visit to this park is interacting with the arts. We tried to poke (or pickpocket?) them…….
And whisper sweet something to them……..
Do mathematical equation with them (supposed to be pie x radius, get it?)…..
Imitate and outdo them…..
Or be a part of them.
We really enjoyed our visit to this park and I hope you caught a glimpse of this beautiful and fascinating place through these pictures.
Here’s looking through the arts…….