Statue Garden’s 20th Anniversary

Whenever I get bored with my usual route home, I take the METRO Dangertrain down to the Museum District, lay a stone at the Holocaust Museum memorial, and wander around the statue garden at the Museum of Fine Arts for a bit, waiting for the 65 to arrive.

It may feel like I’m waiting for 20 years for the next bus, but the truth is that it’s the statue garden that’s been around 20 years. This weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden with a public celebration:

To commemorate this momentous occasion, an activity-packed day for the entire family has been organized–complete with art-making activities, guided tours, face-painting, shopping, dance and music performances organized by Young Audiences of Houston, a visit from the Alley TheatreĀ“s Costume Trunk, free hot dogs generously provided by James Coney Island, a visit from Sunny 99.1 morning show host Marc Sherman, and much, much more.

Copies of the new book Isamu Noguchi: A Sculpture for Sculpture, The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden by Alison de Lima Greene, Valerie Fletcher, and Marc Treib will be available for sale.

One word of advice: Don’t get locked in the Statue Garden at night. Nothing’s worse than having to defend yourself against bloodthirsty statue-zombies, screaming for the sun to arrive and bleach the life back out of their cold, dead metal and stone skins. Especially when you’re not supposed to touch the art.

1 Comment so far

  1. cybertoad (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    Wow… 20 years already? I remember when that was built. I must have been 12 years old… Some of the scupltures in there had been in other parks around the city and the Matisse figures had been right inside the front entrance of the MFA before they were moved to the garden… It used to just be the Glassell School parking lot.

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