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Brookgreen Gardens Now Displaying Six New Sculptures for its 90th Anniversary



Brookgreen Gardens has added six large-scale works to its collection exhibited throughout the botanical garden. Another significant milestone marking its 90th anniversary, the additions increase the collection to nearly 3,000 artworks, the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture exhibited outdoors in the country. 

“As America’s first sculpture garden, continuing to expand our collection with the finest American sculpture is essential to our mission and honors the legacy of our founders, Archer and Anna Huntington,” says Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “Brookgreen is an ever-changing museum, and we hope visitors will take the opportunity to explore new and existing artworks as they stroll through our expansive botanical garden.”

The new sculptures represent the most acquired at one time in recent years for the National Historic Landmark. Four of the sculptures are recent acquisitions, one is on a long-term loan, and one has been in the collection since 1967.

“We have several other sculptures to be placed in the coming months as we continue to celebrate Brookgreen’s 90th anniversary through 2022,” explains Robin Salmon, VP of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture.

Visitors can now see the following six sculptures throughout the property:

  1. Resting Dancer (above right), sculpted by Tuck Langland and gifted by the artist, is a beautiful, life-size sculpture depicting a dancer relaxing upon a bench and is installed on the walkway between Raphell by Bruno Lucchesi and the entrance to the Bleifeld Gallery.
  2. White Buffalo’s Vision is a life-sized sculpture by Michael Naranjo depicting a man sitting cross-legged holding an arrow. On a long-term loan from the Tia Collection, it was installed in the Arboretum, south of The Water Bearers by Glenna Goodacre, a sculpture also on extended loan from the same collection.
  3. American Icon is a bronze sculpture of a wild American bison by Sandy Scott gifted to Brookgreen by Trish Smith. It now stands in the Arboretum, north of The Water Bearers.
  4. Saint Christopher is an over-life-size bronze sculpture depicting the saint looking up reverently to the Christ Child perched on his shoulder. Sculpted by Eleanor Mellon, this piece has been in the collection since 1967 as a gift from the artist. It was installed in a new location at the sidewalk juncture near the Arboretum.
  5. Chloe and Lucinda, by Andre Harvey and gifted by Robert Ross, depicts two life-size Nubian goats and welcomes visitors to the new Spanish Goat exhibit, currently under construction in the Lowcountry Zoo.
  6. Grasshopper is a bronze sculpture by Diana Reuter-Twining that now stands along the fence at the Butterfly House in the Lowcountry Zoo. The sculpture was a gift from the artist and is part of Reuter-Twining’s series called “Into the Garden” that pays homage to the insect world.

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