Walking around Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. makes you feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. The landscape feels a little too beautiful and perfect to be real and the further you walk along, curiouser and curiouser things await you.
Located at the old New Jersey State Fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Rd., you are transported almost from the moment of arrival. Starting out from the museum building,
you will walk through narrow rows of trees which form a canopy above your head and lead you directly to....whichever direction you choose. Your day will be filled with choices like this.
A few steps to the right and you will be led into a vast garden with marble fountains and sculptures that remind you of Egyptian papyrus. Turn the corner and line up behind the depression era men waiting in the bread line as memorialized in George Segal’s sculpture.
Out of the corner of your eye you see smoke...or mist. What is that? Further investigation leads you to three 7ft. animal-like witches around a smoking cauldron.
Choosing different paths, you just don’t know what you will come upon in little grottos, in fields, in the water... You may have just stumbled right into a painting- Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” or a monolithic ode to “American Gothic”.
There are large, abstract, shiny sculptures that shimmer in the sun and sway and turn in the breezes. There are places to climb, to make a little music and to lay in the grass with sculptures that you thought were real people.
When you get hungry, you can eat at the very charming and pricey Rat’s Restaurant, or dine with the freewheeling peacocks in the Cafe courtyard.
Grounds for Sculpture is a wonderful way to spend a day wrapped in imagination, whimsy, beauty and surprise.
Grounds For Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Road Hamilton, New Jersey 08619 Phone: (609) 586-0616 Fax: (609) 586-0968 Email: email@example.com