Key Milwaukee

September 2014

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Lynden Sculpture Garden offers art amid nature THE LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd, offers a family-friendly art experience just north of downtown in River Hills. Formerly the Bradley Sculpture Garden, the 40-acre grounds were previously open to the public on very lim- ited occasions. The sculpture garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through a collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across park, lake and woodland. Through Oct. 1, the sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and closed Thursday. A picnic area and bike racks help make this a destination for fun family outings as well as an eye-opening artistic experience. Special events are planned throughout the year and there are special exhibits on view in the onsite galleries and on the grounds. Day memberships are $9 for adults and $7 for students, seniors, active military and children aged 6-17. Annual memberships also are available. Children under 6 are admitted free with an adult. Docent-led tours of the sculpture collection are Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission that includes the tour is $12 for adults and $8 reduced. Reservations for Sunday tours are online or 414-446-8481. The sculpture garden is owned and operated by the Bradley Family Foundation. The Lynden house and grounds were purchased in 1927 by industrialist Harry Bradley of the Allen-Bradley Company and his wife, Peg Bradley. The Bradleys retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden. Further plans to construct a botanical garden on the site were derailed by the outbreak of World War II. From 1962-1978, Peg Bradley—already an experienced art col- lector—began collecting the contemporary monumental sculptures that secured Lynden's international reputa- tion. The collection includes sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Clement Meadmore, Marta Pan, Tony Smith, Mark di Suvero and many others. Public spaces include a conference room, large class- room/studio, gallery and glassed-in function space over- looking the large patio. The renovated residence is avail- able as a conference and retreat center, and for event rentals. For info call 414-446-8794 or visit Forrest Myers, Quartet Barbara Hepworth, Sea Form (Atlantic) Photo Credit: Rick Ebbers/McDill Design 14

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