Karen Miltner • Staff writer • Democrat and Chronicle.com
The Memorial Art Gallery plans to turn its stately lawn, currently defined by a wrought-iron fence, into a playful, almost childlike open-space narrative on sculpture.
The first phase for the Centennial Sculpture Park, which the museum unveiled this week, includes MAG’s largest acquisition to date and will dominate more than half an acre at the northwest corner of University Avenue and South Goodman Street and coincide with the city of Rochester’s ArtWalk. Tom Otterness
, an artist with a national reputation for his public works, has been commissioned to create the site-specific project, which will be completed in time for the museum’s 100th anniversary in fall 2013.
“I see it as opening up the grounds like the old town square, people come and sit, read, play guitar, talk, eat, then follow the paths up to the gallery itself,” says MAG director Grant Holcomb. “We are in essence making an urban park.”
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