MMFA Outdoor Sculpture
During your visit, look for the outdoor sculpture that is a part of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Collection in the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park .
Charlie Lucas (born, 1951), The New Breed, 1992 to 1996
The New Breed consists of ten sculptures, created over a period of approximately four years from 1992 to 1996. Lucas’s New Breed are quadrupeds which appear to be hybrid deer, horses, and even dinosaurs. The sculptures are essentially simple forms created using metal salvaged from scrap yards. They all have torsos made from industrial springs, and legs, necks, and heads made of metal strips; some have other metal objects attached to create tails, eyes, and faces. To construct these works, Lucas chose to use spot welding rather than weaving. This allowed him to exploit the curvature and flexibility of the metal strips, and through those curves, to give The New Breed a greater sense of organic form and the potential for motion.
Antoine Poncet (French, 1928-1989), Passevent, ca. 1968 to 1969
The sculptor Antoine Poncet studied under the French Surrealist artist Jean Arp (1886-1966). Passevent reflects Poncet’s appreciation of organic abstraction, that is forms that suggest living entities, or growth and change. The title of the work implies passage, or a transition from one place or state to another, which is conveyed by the smoothly modeled curves of the polished stone, and by the central void that allows a view through the sculpture as through a passageway. Passevent was given to the Museum by the Sara Lee Corporation and Schloss and Kahn, Inc. in 1989.
Edward Lee Hendricks (born 1952), 1991-IV, 1991
Ed Hendricks creates sculpture that is responsive to the environment—in this case the Museum’s lake, the surrounding banks, and the landscape that is integral to the Blount Cultural Park. He is concerned with materials and with shapes, and how they respond to gravity and the forces of nature. The movement of this sculpture mimics that of the water, clouds, and the wings of the birds that populate the lake. There is no specific symbolism intended, however; the title using simply the year and sequence of creation implies that the artist’s intention is an objective reaction and response to nature. 1991-IV is temporarily undergoing conservation treatment and it will be re-installed in the Spring of 2014.
Frank Fleming (born, 1940), The Magic Hoop, 1988 and The Till Fountain, 1994
The MMFA’s Terrace Garden is home to two works by Birmingham sculptor Frank Fleming, who is known for his figures of anthropomorphic animals. The artist calls upon his Southern upbringing and his love of nature as inspiration for his work, which strongly suggests the narrative schemes of Aesop’s Fables and the stories of Uncle Remus. Although fantastic in character, the sculpture itself is highly detailed, capturing the individual textures of fur, bark, and fabric. This duality makes the Garden Terrace a space apart from the everyday—a place for quiet reflection on the intersection between the real and the make-believe. The Magic Hoop was commissioned by the Museum in 1988 when the building was constructed, a gift of Jackie Aronov and her children in memory of Herman Aronov. The Till Fountain was commissioned in 1993 by Helen Till in memory of her husband, Dr. Harry Jackson Till.
The Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park
This 250-acre park is home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park. The park features ponds, miles of walking trails, a natural amphitheater and picturesque scenery. The park is open seven days a week and closes at sundown except for Museum and Theatre functions.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, also located in Blount Cultural Park, is a fully professional regional theatre, producing 14 world-class productions annually, including three works of William Shakespeare.
The Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park is located off Vaughn Road in Blount Cultural Park. There is a main entrance that leads to two separate areas; one area for small dogs and another for large dogs. There is a gazebo available in the park along with a wash station, benches, and fountains in each area