Barbara Hepworth sculpture "Epidorous II."
Wayzata art collectors Alfred Harrison and his wife Ingrid Lenz Harrison are giving 22 sculptures to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The art will be installed at a high point along a three-mile drive that winds through the 1,100 acre site in Chaska, Minnesota. It will be on view starting August 24.
The gift augments the Arboretum's art collection which already includes 36 sculptures placed throughout the gardens and wild landscape. Many of the new pieces were inspired by "the wonders of nature, including wind, water and animals, along with the myths and stories about our place in this world," said Susan Thurston Hamerski, the Arboretum's sculpture curator, in a prepared statement.
The Harrisons began acquiring outdoor sculpture in the 1960s and are giving it to the Arboretum as "a kind of thank you" to Minnesota where they have lived for many years, Alfred stated. They also have been long-time supporters of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, especially the photography department.
Their taste in sculpture is eclectic in scope and style, ranging from "Swimmers," a figurative 1990 bronze family-group by the late Minnesota-based Paul Granlund, to a towering abstract disc carved from green-and-black granite by Jesus Bautista Moroles. Art by two more Americans is includedin the gift: a 1986 stainless-steel kinetic sculpture by George Rickey, and a bronze piece inspired by Apache spirit dancers by Craig Dan Goseyun.
In a nod to Alfred Harrison's British background, the collection features several British artists including Barbara Hepworth, Bridget McCrum, Phillip King and Paul Mount. Internationally known for abstractions with oval openings, Hepworth will be represented at the Arboretum by three sculptures: a 1966 cast-bronze "Crucifixion," a pair of bronze columns from 1972, and a bronze abstraction from 1961. Irish artist F. E. McWilliam will be represented by a bronze abstraction, "Rolling Over Figure, 1963."
Additional international artists in the gift are Mimmo Palladino, an Italian neo-expressionist inspired by classical mythology; Rene Kung, a Swiss sculptor who works in iron and copper; Alicia Penalba from Argentina, and Rudolf Belling, a German sculptor.