The Meadows Museum dedicated its plaza and sculpture garden in October 2009. The museum entrance includes fountains and access stairs leading to the sculpture plaza from Bishop Blvd. The plaza features a permanent installation of monumental modern and contemporary sculpture by major artists, including La Joie de Vivre (1927) by Jacques Lipchitz, Three-piece Reclining Figure No. 1 (1961-2) by Henry Moore, Spirit's Flight (1979) by Isamu Noguchi, Geometric Mouse II (1969-70) by Claes Oldenburg and Figure with Raised Arms (1956-57) by Fritz Wotruba.
The centerpiece of the plaza is Sho (2007), a 13-foot-tall sculpture by contemporary Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Acquired by the museum in 2009, the work represents a female head formed by white-painted stainless steel openwork mesh. The sculpture is a portrait of a young Chinese girl named Sho, whom the artist met in his native Barcelona, where his studio is located.
The plaza's innovative design features green spaces, gravel paths, benches and four strategically located overlooks which provide shady, peaceful areas to view the sculptures. One of the overlooks provides a dramatic view of Santiago Calatrava's moving sculpture Wave (2002), permanently installed below the plaza at street level.
The plaza and the Plensa sculpture acquisition were made possible through the support of patrons including Nancy Hamon and the late Jake Hamon, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, Richard and Gwen Irwin, The Pollock Foundation, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Pollock and the family of Lawrence S. Pollock, III. The plaza was designed by Dallas-based Swiss architect Thomas Krähenbühl of TKTR architects.
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LOCATION: Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205
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