Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey
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This area in Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey is designed to make visitors feel they have stepped into a
village reminiscent of famous gardens of French impressionist painter Claude Monet in beloved town of
Giverny in Normandy, with Monet's oriental garden, weeping willow, and the famous Japanese style green
bridge (日本式的太鼓橋) that arches over the oriental water lily pond (東方的睡蓮花池).
Rising mist is also added in this area as inspired by the Spring Morning Mist under the bridge in Claude
Monet's Garden. (In 1896 and 1897, Monet rose at 3:30 in the morning in his village of Giverny to work on a
project of capturing early morning light as it appeared through the fog.  Monet was capturing the features of
the distant landscape obscured by the diffused light through the mist.)
'On Poppied Hill' by Seward Johnson. This area of red poppies among the field of thick green grass in
Grounds for Sculpture is inspired by Monet's popular oil paintings entitled "Poppy Field in Argenteuil",  "On
Poppied Hill" and "Woman with a Parasol".

Maple Lane, a narrow allée, shady grove in Grounds for Sculpture.  It becomes a tunnel of color in the fall.

Grounds for Sculpture is located at 18 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Phone: (609) 586-0616
Website at: http://

Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Grounds for Sculpture
法國印象派風格的人物雕刻,雕刻工藝細膩逼真,栩栩如生, 惟妙惟肖。

Sculpture entitled "Were You Invited?" sculpted by the artist J. Seward Johnson. It is based upon French
Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir’s nineteenth-century magnificent masterpiece painting entitled "The
Luncheon of the Boating Party". Renoir is the master Painter of Happiness. The painting captures an idyllic
atmosphere as Renoir's friends share food, wine, and conversation relaxing on a balcony overlooking the
Seine river at the Maison Fournaise restaurant in Chatou outside of Paris. There are plenty of food on the
table and plenty of wine left in the bottles, and they’ve saved a place for us at the table. The power of this
painting is the power of pleasure. The point is to enjoy it, to drink it in. Parisians flocked to the Maison
Fournaise to rent rowing skiffs, eat a good meal, or stay the night.

This painting reflects the changing character of French society in the mid-to-late 19th century. By 1880 in the
era of Impressionist artists, nearly a century after the (political) Revolution, the French middle working
classes were comfortable enough to party like aristocrats. The industrial revolution also free up many
working classes from hard labor work so that middle working classes have more leisure time to enjoy life.

The restaurant welcomed customers of many classes, including businessmen, society women, artists,
actresses, writers, critics, seamstresses, and shop girls. This diverse group embodied a new, modern
Parisian society. This is where working class Parisians would come to enjoy and be merry. As such, Renoir's
focus on the joy and happiness of the scene is clear. Renoir believed that artworks should be fun, beautiful
and pleasant to look at. His works most definitely emphasized this as he immortalized many a Parisian scene
of joy and revelry. We see the merry, happy aspect of painting shine through in this painting.

Among the Impressionists, Renoir can be singled out as the supreme hedonist, the great painter of casual
pleasures, of people doing little or nothing and doing it beautifully. Renoir stayed true to his positive vision of
art, of color and of sensuality throughout his works. This warmth, joy and life in his paintings makes them a
pleasure to observe, thus fueling his amazing popularity.

In this specially designed and landscaped environment in Grounds for Sculpture, viewers/visitors can actually
step into the scene and mingle with the sculptures/diners.
In addition to the members of the Impressionist’s boating party are four figures seated around another table at
the far end of the tableau. Joined in convivial conversation are realistic representations of sculptor Seward
Johnson himself with artists Bill Barrett, Red Grooms, and Andrzej Pitynski.  A dashing character in period
costume brandishes his cane and addresses those at the table asking, “Were you invited?”  Phillip Bruno,
collector and art gallery director, posed for this gentleman keeping out the party crashers.  Since 1994,
Seward Johnson has been creating life sized three-dimensional works based on well-known paintings that, as
Seward Johnson has said, “allow an intimacy with the paintings that the paintings don’t allow themselves.” His
3-dimensional renderings of Impressionist masterpieces, make you feel that you are in there.

Seward Johnson is a sculpture artist and is the founder of Grounds for Sculpture. He is the grand son of
Robert Wood Johnson I who is the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, the giant manufacturer of medical
devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods.

Seward Johnson purchased the old New Jersey Fairgrounds in Hamilton, New Jersey and in 1992 founded the
Grounds for Sculpture to display his works and to provide a venue for outdoor displays of sculptures created
by himself and by other artists. Johnson is a very wealthy man who has made contributions to the appreciation
of art by way of providing venues for art and supporting technical facilities that could help other artists learn
techniques he applied to build some of his own statues.

The sculptures created by Seward Johnson are displayed not only in Grounds for Sculpture but also at many
other locations. For example, the famous "Unconditional Surrender" is displayed at several locations such as
Sarasota, Florida,  G Street Mole Park of Port of San Diego, and on Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. This statue is a replica of an iconic photo taken of a sailor and nurse kissing in Times Square at the
end of World War II as shown at the following website:

Two views of the statue entitled "Depression Breadline" by George Segal. The five male figures lined up by the
wall on the sculpture pad represent a scene from the Great Depression, a period of economic hardship during
which many people were in need of government assistance to survive. Depiction of downtrodden men awaiting
their rations.
The grounds are very well maintained and the landscaping is varied and innovative. Visitors are constantly
gasping with delight as they turned a corner and are confronted by ever more elaborate, gorgeous and
insightful pieces.
A statue depicts a portrait of the artist Claude Monet, back in some bushes, painting his famous piece "
Terrace at Sainte-Adresse."
This area including the lake in Grounds for Sculpture is designed by Seward Johnson to make visitors feel they
have stepped into Monet’s painting entitled "Terrace at Sainte-Adressea".

More detailed video description (in Chinese language) of the life and art work of Claude Monet is available at
the following three YouTube websites:


While walking in the woods in Grounds for Sculpture, visitors stumbled upon this life size 3-D replica, created
by Seward Johnson, of a famous painting by Edouard Manet in 1863 called Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (French for
"The Lunch on the Grass"). The painting depicts the juxtaposition of a female nude and a scantily dressed
female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. Rejected by the Salon jury of 1863,
Manet seized the opportunity to exhibit this and two other paintings, in the 1863 Salon des Refusés, where the
painting sparked public notoriety and controversy.
濃霧森林溪畔驚艷,誘人的風韻, 嬌媚迷人,吸引遊人駐足觀賞大半天 -- 法國印象派風

In the woods, near the stream and among the mist, visitors stumbled upon this life size 3-D replica, created by
Seward Johnson, of a famous painting entitled  "After The Bath" in 1888 by the French Impressionist artist
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who is a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality. Renoir was one of
the great worshippers of the female form.

Renoir's late work during his old age is truly remarkable: a glorious outpouring of nude figures, beautiful young
girls, and lush landscapes. The old age with crippling illness heightened his personal response to female
sensuality. He continued to persevere through his work with depth that comes with age. “The pain passes, but
the beauty remains.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

More detailed video description (in Chinese language) of the life and art work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir is
available at the following three YouTube websites:

A group of members of 40-Plus Club touring Grounds for Sculpture.
Members of 40-Plus Club listening to the tour guide, Grace Hsu, about the sculptures in Grounds for Sculpture.
Grace Hsu works in Grounds for Sculpture and is also a member of 40-Plus Club.
One of several beautiful bamboo groves in Grounds for Sculpture.
Some more sample sculptures in Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre outdoor contemporary sculpture park. This
place has hidden treasures all over. Exciting, surprising and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to get lost. You may find
yourself in a sculpted remake of Renoir’s painting.
'Untitled ' by Kiki Smith, the sculpture depicts a squatting lady in mist in the Water Garden. It shows the artist’s
mysterious sense of humor and artistic nuance.
Many visitors at Grounds for Sculpture. The grounds is enormous (42 acres) in very lush and green park like
setting. It features over 260 sculptures by nearly as many artists. Both the scenery and arts are extraordinary
and breathtaking. A walk through the grounds is relaxing, comfortable and beautiful, even in the hot summer
days the plentiful greenery keeps majority of the grounds cool. You can get "lost" for hours strolling the
grounds, finding hidden treasures and secret escapes. Visitors love the art here, especially the sculpture
rendition of famous paintings. What an amazing interpretation of the masterpiece!

An extensive list of 294 sculptures with thump-nail pictures, title of the sculpture and the name of the artist is
available at the following website:

One of several beautiful peacocks roaming in the Domestic Arts Building area in Grounds for Sculpture.

Located in the Domestic Arts Building, the Peacock Café offers a casual lunch menu for dining indoors or out in
the gorgeous Acer Courtyard. For a nominal fee, selections from the cafe menu may be packed in picnic
baskets and enjoyed throughout the park.
A whole family of peahen and 3 babies, freely strolling across the grass area, majestic!
One of many beautiful pink lotus in lotus pond near the Gazebo area in Grounds for Sculpture.

I experimented in using the Super Vivid Mode of my camera in taking these pictures of pink lotus and lotus
A wedding party on the terrace of the charming Rat's Restaurant which is an European villa style upscale
restaurant with a terrace overlooking the lily pond and Monet Bridge. Grounds for Sculpture is perfect for a
day trip, a casual stroll, a romantic date or a garden wedding.

Why the name Rat's for this upscale restaurant?  In Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, one
of Seward Johnson's favorite books, the character Ratty represented everything a host should be.  As founder
of Rat's Restaurant and Grounds For Sculpture, Seward Johnson likens himself to Ratty who threw the best
parties with the best wine.
Vary colorful setting on the dining table in the Rat's Restaurant in Grounds for Sculpture. A reservation is
recommended because this restaurant is popular but pricey (the brunch was $77 per person after mandatory
tip and taxes. But there is a lower cost cafe near the entrance of Grounds for Sculpture.)  A gourmet French
restaurant, Rat’s offers a magical ambiance for dining and a lovely complement to the Grounds For Sculpture
Two more views of the Rat's Restaurant, the lake and the waterfalls.
'Gossip' by Martha Pettigrew. This sculpture of two robust women paused in a moment of exchange before
they continue with their everyday tasks, leaves the viewer to wonder what tidbit of information these stoic
women have shared.
More visitors in Grounds for Sculpture. It is an inspiring place to explore. The bamboo forests, the lily pond,
the lake. It is magical to just wander through the luscious grounds and to experience the diverse collection of
sculpture. It's just so much fun to stumble across little pathways that take you through trees and into clearings
with fantastic sculptures to marvel at. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
This place combines the beauty of art and nature. The gardens are beautiful, the sculptures are fun (and
sometimes odd). Modern, classical, whimsy pieces mixed in with beautiful gardens make it a very fascinating
experience. But, there are lots of twists. The exhibits are frequently changed so there is often something new
to see. Periodically the permanent exhibits are also changed.
The haunting "Birth of the Messenger," a pregnant woman who seems to emerge from granite like a ghost, by
Ukrainian-born artist Viktor, who goes by his first name only. The artist depicts the "messenger" coming into
the human world through "conventional" means--through a woman’s body, which can also be seen as a kind of

The gardens have little by-ways, bridges, doors to be opened and magical paths to be taken. And as you go
along you find sculptures -- sometimes hidden or obscured, waiting for discovery. There are interesting and in
some cases bizarre sculptures.
The works of founder Seward Johnson are fascinating and lots of fun because they are three dimensional
reproductions of well- known and loved Impressionist paintings that make you feel that you are in there.
Seward Johnson made wonderful sculptures as an homage to the most famous French impressionist painters.
They were most unusual and were very entertaining.
'Skyhook' by John Newman.

Visitors zig-zagging around sculptures, through bamboo forests, lotus ponds, and around the lake. There were
so much to see and do. Our inner child comes out. It is awesome!!! The flowers are beautiful, the fountains are
lovely, the landscaping is gorgeous, and the sculptures are not to be missed! If you are an art lover, a lover of
nature, or just a lover!!  You will love this place!!
There are some ducks and many big fish in the ponds.
One of many beautiful water lily in Grounds for Sculpture.
Many colorful and beautiful flowers in Grounds for Sculpture
不經意的角落,雕像與亭亭玉立的美麗少女,搭配出有品味的意境, 饒有風趣。

The Lotus Pond.
"Forever Marilyn" Monroe sculpture by Seward Johnson. In a billowing white dress from the 1955 film "The
Seven-Year Itch", this 26-foot-tall sculpture is a tribute to Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene and is set to become
the centerpiece of the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The white dress billows up from the gust
of a subway grate, and Marilyn Monroe’s hands demurely pat the skirt back down. The image from “The Seven
Year Itch,” already a cultural touchstone, is now frozen in time at Grounds for Sculpture. Her eyes are closed in
a blissful expression. “These images are in our subconscious,” Seward Johnson said, “I wanted to make them
as big as they feel inside us.”
If the photograph of raising the American flag on Iwo Jima is the quintessential World War II icon for triumph in a
just war, then "Unconditional Surrender" is the icon for the just rewards of victory. Who doesn't love that image
of a sailor in Times Square on V-J (Victory over Japan) Day grabbing the nearest gal -- a nurse -- and kiss?
"Unconditional Surrender," a depiction of a returning World War II sailor kissing a nurse. This 25-foot tall
sculpture by Seward Johnson resembles a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V–J day in Times Square,  
published in Life in 1945. But Seward Johnson said it is based on a similar, less well known, photograph by
Victor Jorgensen.
Seward Johnson Center for the Arts near the main entrance of the Grounds for Sculpture. It has spacious new
Welcome Center, art gallery, Van Gogh Café and restroom. The Van Gogh Café features French-inspired
street food, patisserie, made-to-order crepes, baguette sandwiches, artisanal cheeses, snacks, coffee bar,
craft beer and wine.

William Shakespeare’s King Lear I by J. Seward Johnson. The sculpture depicts the tragic character racked
with inner turmoil, his fingers reaching anxiously upward, unkempt hair cascading from his bowed head, his
eyes lost in shadow.
Henry Moore in a Sheep Meadow by Red Grooms, a Cultural Observer/Storyteller. It is a humorous tribute to
the famed English sculptor, who preferred his sculptures with their horizontal, organic compositions relating to
land masses.
A sculpted rendering of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' by Seward Johnson.

The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and
pastels, by the Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. The German title Munch
gave these works is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) which shows a figure with an agonized
expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as "an
icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time." The fourth version (pastel, 1895) was sold for $119,922,600 at
Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art auction on 2 May 2012 to financier Leon Black, the fourth highest
nominal price paid for a painting at auction.

With this painting, Munch met his stated goal of "the study of the soul, that is to say the study of my own self".
Munch wrote of how the painting came to be: "I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set;
suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired.
Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged
behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature." He later described the
personal anguish behind the painting, "for several years I was almost mad… You know my picture, 'The
Scream?' I was stretched to the limit—nature was screaming in my blood… After that I gave up hope ever of
being able to love again."
William Shakespeare’s King Lear I by J. Seward Johnson. The sculpture depicts the tragic character racked
with inner turmoil, his fingers reaching anxiously upward, unkempt hair cascading from his bowed head, his
eyes lost in shadow.
Scaling (or rather descending) the brick wall of the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts is Frederick
Morante's sculpture 'Nude Descending the Staircase'. In this sculpture, the female figure is shown dismounting
the “pedestal” (or wall) upon which she was posing, perhaps claiming her independence and joining the viewer
on the ground. The title is a play on words and an allusion to the similarly titled painting by Marcel Duchamp,
'Nude Descending the Staircase'.
This sculpture is Inspired by Monet's popular painting entitled "Woman with a Parasol" - Madame Monet and
Her Son' (1875).
Picture of pink lotus by using Super Vivid Mode of my camera.
Tunnel of wisteria arbor.
Butterfly and flowers near the white lotus pond.
Sculptures On The Way. When you get off I-295 and get on Sloan Ave or Klockner Rd. or near the train station
in Hamilton, NJ, on your way going to Grounds for Sculpture, you will see several tall sculptures along the
roadside and street side. These two pictures show some examples of 20-foot tall sculptures that appear to be
a dancing party going on on the side of the road. The two with the guitars are "Los Mariachis". The dancing
couples are Turn Of The Century, Whispering Close and Time For Fun.
There are some more giant sculptures along the way like Colorful spheres, a massive winged horseman
(Spirit of Freedom by Andrzej Pitynski), even a giant aluminum tooth entitled "Comprehension", "First Ride" a
young girl learning to ride her bike with her dad on the side of the road, etc.

When you see these giant sculptures on roadside, you are getting very close to Grounds for Sculpture.
"Confrontational Vulnerability" by Seward Johnson is inspired by Impressionist painter Manet's provocative
nude "Olympia". Olympia is a painting by Édouard Manet, first exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon. The painting
caused shock and astonishment because she looks at the viewer with a confrontational gaze. The nation of
France acquired the painting in 1890 after a public subscription organized by Claude Monet. The painting is on
display at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. What shocked contemporary audiences was not Olympia's nudity, but
her confrontational gaze.
The Gazebo is open during the warmer months of the year. Overlooking the pink lotus pond and surrounded by
willow trees and bamboo grove, it offers a beautiful, tranquil setting. The ice cream shoppe here in the heart of
the park featuring locally made ice cream (yum!), hot and cold drinks, and a beautiful patio to enjoy the view. It’
s the perfect spot to bring the family or a date!
It is so romantic with your sweetheart on Monet's Bridge with mist and flowers.
Azalea is blooming beautifully in April in the Grounds for Sculpture.
More beautiful Azalea blooming in April.
Fresh green in addition to colorful flowers in April.
In-door version of "Forever Marilyn" Monroe in the Art Gallery in Seward Johnson Center for the Arts near the
main entrance of the Grounds for Sculpture.
More beautiful Azalea in April.
The Dancing Couple is now at the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts near the main entrance of the Grounds
for Sculpture on April 24, 2016. They move the locations of these giant sculptures from time to time.

Location: Grounds for Sculpture is located at 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, New Jersey • 08619, Phone: (609)