Grounds for Sculpture

For Sean's birthday my parents gifted him a trip to Ground for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.

We were greeted by American Gothic in the roundabout before entering the parking lot.

One of the best kept secrets in NJ (besides the beautiful sprawling land and fresh air that no one seems to know about).

Built on the former grounds of the New Jersey State Fairlands, Ground for Sculpture is home to an ever evolving collection of art and sculpture. 

Situated on the property, is also an amazing restaurant Rat's

Offering brunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with French country cuisine. We started our day by having lunch and a drink at the famous restaurant before exploring the grounds.

Upon approaching the property, you are met with the first sculptures - characters seemingly frozen in time, walking along the path and standing in the parking lot going about their day. 

A gin-cucumber cocktail before starting the tour is a must!

We enjoyed our burgers looking out onto a recreation of Monet's The Water Lily Pond that surrounds the patio of Rat's.

Leucantha, Philip Grausman

Walking out onto the patio, we made our way to the Sculpture Garden.

Every turn on the grounds, you are met with an interesting animal, plant or piece of art.

This guy - We're still celebrating his birthday haha.

I mean honestly, how stunning.

There was a wedding the day we were there, and I can absolutely understand why someone would want to have their reception here.

I think my favorite part of the whole experience is discovering the little details that goes into the property. Like this girl was quietly bathing herself in the pond water and possibly going for a steam from the fog machine hidden on the pond.

 Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party is one of painting that hung on my wall throughout college because it reminded me of the good times a group of friends have while partying.

So seeing, Were You Invited? by Seward Johnson was a treat.

My college friends and I use to joke that each one of us resembled one of the characters in this scene.

Is it a painting? Is it a sculpture? Is it real life?

All you need is a little food and wine to have a good time with your buddies.


This gal was my character  - Do you see the resemblance?

Definitely a fun party to attend!

We stumbled across some more modern art with Heart’s Desire by Gloria Vanderbilt.

The Scream by Munch (The Chamber of Internal Dialogue, Johnson) covered the exterior of this little building.


And the inside of the building was (hilariously) a therapist office.

My second favorite piece I think is Dejeuner Déjà Vu by Steward Johnson - a recreation of Manet's Luncheon on the Grass. 

This one is particularly hidden in the greenery, which probably made it the most fun to discover.

At the time, this painting was rejected from the Salon due to the super controversial depiction of two women naked with men who remained clothed.

We joined the luncheon, but decided to keep our clothes on. 

Walking in the center of the grounds, is a pond with houses across the way.
I found this guy admiring the water along the edge of the water.

Lakeside Table, Johnson.

This table was all set up for a party - bring your own guests (byog).

Sailing the Seine, Johnson.

My parent's have a print of Monet's Woman with a Parasol hanging in our foyer - so this one was fun to stumble upon as well!

Lintel by Emilie Benes Brzezinski

Enjoying the view.

Copy Right Violation! , Johnson.

The artist himself painting the scene near the water.

I think there is a theme here with naked woman taking baths.

A mirror is always a promising place for a selfie.
Check out that work of art ;) (jokes hah)

We ended up making the trip to New Jersey on a cloudy day, so luckily the grounds were pretty empty. When visiting Grounds for Sculpture, and I think next time it would be nice spend the day and pack a picnic with some some wine and enjoy the whole day on the property with a big group for a birthday or any celebration!

For the full catalog of sculptures - see here.



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