The Sculpture Garden – Thirty and Fabulous

Last Thursday marked thirty years since the Sculpture Garden opened, so I thought it would be fitting to dig up a photo from thirty years ago and compare. I am amazed by how much the trees have grown, almost completely blocking out downtown and shading visitors from the Texas sun.


Sculpture Garden with its first visitors on opening day, October 10, 1983. The garden opened a few months before the Museum.

Sculpture Garden on October 10, 2013

Sculpture Garden on October 10, 2013

Hillary Bober is the digital archivist at the Dallas Museum of Art.

5 Responses to “The Sculpture Garden – Thirty and Fabulous”

  1. 1 Debora Hunter October 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Love those then and now photos. Nice sleuthing.

  2. 2 Bill Chance October 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I was working nearby in the Cotton Exchange building then – and loved to wander the garden on my lunch hour. My favorite sculpture was “Rhythm in Space” by Max Bill, if memory serves – it was just to the left of the Ross Street entrance. I wonder where that is now?

  3. 3 Paul Harris October 15, 2013 at 4:58 am

    It looks shady now, but for so long it was just too hot to sit out there. Also, good seating has been added.

  4. 4 Paul Harris October 15, 2013 at 4:59 am

    It looks great now, but for so long it was too hot to sit out there.

  5. 5 Karen Moran October 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

    A quiet place for peace and reflection is always a good thing. Add the wonderful sculptures and you have a little bit of Heaven.

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