Sunday, January 5, 2014
Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden
Today's garden is a little bit different. It's not so much about the plants, as it is the artwork. The Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is part of the Birmingham Museum of Art. It is a 30,000 square foot garden designed in 1993 by Elyn Zimmerman. It has three levels with changing exhibits: The Red Mountain Garden area which houses sculptures of Augusta Rodin and contemporary artists, a Lower Gallery which is for temporary exhibits, and the Upper Plaza which is for monumental sculptures. Two very nice features are the waterwall, entitled, Lithos II by Elyn Zimmerman, and the colorful Blue Pools Courtyard by Valerie Jaudon.
The gardens are a nice place to go for a leisurely stroll, or to park yourself on a bench and admire the artwork.
The gardens are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.