Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden
This campus-wide artspace creates a new dimension for the Joslyn Art Museum's magnificent architecture and collections with its external green spaces, providing open area for events, programs, educational opportunities and musical performances.
The sculpture garden extends the galleries of the museum beyond its walls to display its significant sculpture collection within a landscaped enclave surrounded by a busy city. Maintaining the orthogonal organization of the museum's interior spaces, the garden extends axis established by the pavilion in a verde granite and greenery. Design elements of landscape, active water features and stone walls bring art, nature, and people together in an exterior setting while respecting the integrity of the museum's architecture.
The intention of the layout of the walkways is to define the outdoor gallery spaces and create accessible circulation paths around the gardens. Visitors are encouraged to explore the green space and the sculpture installations. The sculpture garden provides a distinct setting for numerous and sizeable sculptural works, as well as contemplative art experiences for viewers. The arrangement of several components helps to integrate the native landscape of the site with the framework of the museum.
The green stone for the landscape, Lake Superior green granite, was selected from the granite at the interior atrium, connecting the original museum with the pavilion extension and further reinforcing the link with the architecture. The reflecting pool, a 50-ton academy black granite landscape sculpture, is a topographic "map" of a section of the Missouri River as described by original drawings of Lewis and Clark. Capping the pool on its east end is the 'Torn Earth' water wall, 8.5 tons of Dakota mahogany granite adhered to a concrete core measuring 26 feet wide by 12 feet tall, water flowing in a continuous cascade from its top.
To buffer the surrounding urban environment, a defining granite wall was used to extend a visual screen from within the garden to the busy street. A majority of the plant material is native and/or adaptive, with a red and pink color scheme reflecting the colors of the Georgian pink etowa marble cladding on the museum building. A dramatic 83-foot-long, 8-foot-tall water wall provides a subtle background to soften the noise of the city to the south and east.
- Sustainable Features: Heat Island Reduction Strategies, Light Pollution Reduction, Local/Regional Materials, Public Transportation Access, Stormwater Management, Water Efficient Landscaping
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 283,140 SF
- Professional Services: Landscape Architecture, Site Design
- Project Components: Assembly Space, Courtyard, Outdoor Gathering Space, Public Art
- Project Type: Fine Arts, Museum
- Related Projects: Architecture, Civic
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