A Living Work of Art

June 5, 2015

Fifteen years ago the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena undertook a renovation project that included an extensive reworking of their sculpture garden by landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power. Besides being home to many rare and exotic plants, the garden contains more than forty works of art by artists ranging from Barbara Hepworth to Robert Rauschenberg to Auguste Rodin, and a collection of centuries-old Indian and Cambodian sculptures. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary, the museum recently published A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden.

The book includes an introduction detailing the Norton Simon’s early history by the museum’s executive administrator Sally A. Swaney, an essay by Power on her work restoring the gardens, and object entries for each artwork in the gardens written by four of the museum’s curators. The book contains over a hundred photographs of the garden and its sculptures, taken by photographer Tim Street-Porter over the course of several seasons.

The 136-page book was designed by Susan Kelly and produced by Marquand Books. The Norton Simon will be hosting several events to celebrate the garden and its catalogue. Purchase your copy at the museum or through ACC Distribution.


Photography by Jeremy Linden