Sculpture is an art of the open air. Henry Moore, one of the great sculptors of the last century, said it himself: I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.
If only Moore, who died in 1986, could have seen Moore in the Gardens, an unprecedented blockbuster exhibition that opens today for a run through next January at both the Denver Botanic Gardens and its Chatfield facility. Its a good thing theyve finished that new parking lot at the DBG: Not only was the massive touring collection named one of the top ten museum shows of 2008 by Time magazine, but Anita Feldman of the Henry Moore Foundation calls it the first major open-air Moore exhibition in the Western United States. Thats big stuff.
Visitors will get a chance to view Moores monumental bronze works from all sides in a variety of landscape settings and seasons, daily through January 31, 2011, at the DBG, 1005 York Street, and the DBG at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton; a series of curator walks and family activities are scheduled throughout the shows run, and free guided tours will be offered on a drop-in basis at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. DBG gate admission is $8 to $11.50 and $5 per vehicle at Chatfield. Get complete information at www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500.
March 8-Jan. 31, 2010