Saturday, January 26, 2013

#252: UCLA's Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Where in L.A. can you sit on a beautifully manicured lawn and enjoy a picnic while taking in world class art? Did I mention that there are naked women? And it's free?

The place is none other than the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, which spans nearly 5 acres of the UCLA campus. The Garden is home to over 70 sculptures by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Isamu Noguchi, Henri Matisse, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore

Before there was the running man, there was The Walking Man by Auguste Rodin

We headed out to the quiet campus on the last day of 2012, and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We snagged prime parking ($3/hour), which was the only thing we had to pay for because the garden is free to view!

Queen of Sheba by Alexander Archipenko

Dynamic Rhythms Orange (Phase III) by Fletcher Benton

Brad noted that 90% of the sculptures are of naked women, and he's pretty accurate. Here's just a sampling of the nakedness:

I don't think you're ready for this jelly.
Dance Columns by Robert Graham

Automne by Henri Laurent

Freya by Gerhard Marces

Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise

Even surrounded by gorgeous statuesque women, Brad said his favorite pieces were of this horse:

Pensive by Deborah Butterfield

and this thing which he called an alien face:

Ptolemy III by Jean Arp

My favorite pieces were the ones depicting mother and child. Some were easy to see such as this one from Costa Rica:

Mother with Child at her Hip by Francisco Zuniga

Others you had to kind of look at and use your imagination:

Mother and Child by Sorel Etroo

I also liked these pieces:

Point as a Set, No. 25 by Claire Falkenstein

War Remembrance by Sorel Etrog

Man contemplating where to go for lunch. (So lifelike!)

Have you been to the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!

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