A Sculpture for Sculpture

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden is a remarkable work of art itself. Spanning slightly more than one acre, the graceful site embodies "a geometry of playfulness," as trees, walls, lawns, and pavers come together to form a brilliant frame for outdoor sculpture. New seasons and different times of day make the Cullen Sculpture Garden an ever changing gallery for art and a welcoming destination for visitors.

Isamu Noguchi (1904 - 1988), architect of the garden, was also active as a sculptor and designer. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in the United States and Japan. After completing his studies in New York in the mid 1920s, he made extended visits to Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kyoto. While New York remained his home base in subsequent years, he continued to travel widely, developing a remarkable body of work which integrated modernist aesthetics with world culture.

Noguchi submitted his first design for the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Garden in 1979, and over the next five years he refined the plan to respond to the local environment. Named for the prominent Houston philanthropists Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen, the garden opened to the public on April 5, 1986.

Alberto Giacometti's Large Standing Womain I, 1960, stands before a granite triangle, part of Isamu Noguchi's design for the Cullen Sculpture Garden.

Alexander Calder's The Crab, 1962, Painted steel, 120x240x120 inches.

Auguste Rodin's The Walking Man(L'homme qui marche) and Émile-Antoine Bourdelle's Adam.

© Photography by Rocky Kneten

The Cullen Sculpture Garden is located at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Bissonnet Street.
Open Daily from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm. Admission to the Garden is free at all times.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Web site for additional information.

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