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Permanent Collection to be Part of New Sculpture Garden



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As part of the newly constructed J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza, three items from the Museum’s permanent collection will be installed outside.  From the patio at The Cafe, you will be able to hear the tranquil sounds of water flowing from a piece called, Lovers, a stainless steel fountain by Archie Held.

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As you proceed down the sidewalk towards the Sculpture Garden, you will see another work from the permanent collection, a bronze bust of a young woman with long hair, her hands are slightly crossed and held up to her chest.  This work is by the artist, Sir Jacob Epstein and is titled Seventh Portrait of Kathleen.  

Kathleen’s unique facial features are emphasized through the contrast of light and dark. In the finished bronze, her hands, hair, and face bear the marks made by Epstein’s fingers and tools on the clay model he used to create the piece. The result is a lively, expressive portrait.

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The last work of art from the museum’s permanent collection will be the highlight of the Sculpture Garden.  It is a twice life-size nude female dancer kneeling on one knee.  As she drapes a blanket behind her, her gaze is directed over her right shoulder.  This  is a work by William Zorach, titled Spirit of the Dance.  

In addition to these pieces, the museum will also present an inaugural exhibition of sculpture by Italian artist, Enzo Torcoletti, The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti.  

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