Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden | Downtown | Galleries & Museums, Public & Special Places | Arts
A tiered slope behind the Peabody Hotel on the Arkansas River showcases bronzes and works in stone and steel donated annually to the garden by the Sculpture at the River Market organization, which buys work from the annual show mentioned in the introduction above. Stop here to stroll around the garden; you'll see some work you like and some you don't, but all of it is in a nice place to be. The large-scale yellow steel loop by Kathleen Caricof ("Infinity") that marks the entrance is just the right scale for a sculpture garden that has the Arkansas River and the north shore as its backdrop; much of the other work is of a scale better suited to one's private backyard garden (an outdoor room, P. Allen Smith would call it). Perhaps a planting of tall cedars around the garden to reduce the contrast in scale of work to place? I'm partial to the bird bronzes here, myself. The garden represents Little Rock's high hopes and a low reality: Vandals have been through a couple of times breaking off pieces of work at vulnerable thin spots and stealing some of the figures.




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