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.

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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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