Our Sculpture Gardens
The bold visions of local and international artists mesh with the vibrant creations of nature in our two-acre oasis. The Sculpture Garden project broke ground in the mid-nineties with the purpose of showcasing Texas artists. Three Lone Star sculptors were commissioned to create permanent pieces for the Sculpture Garden. Michael Manjarris installed Benches
in 1999, Jesus Moroles installed Fountain Columns
in 1998 and James Surls installed Star Flower
Fountain Columns by Jesus Moroles.
The Sculpture Garden now features permanent works from Surls, Moroles and Manjarris, a monumental mosaic, Irving Centennial Mural
by Francisco Mendoza with Irving youths and the recently donated sculpture ’03 Politicized Democracy
by John Brough Miller. The Sculpture Garden also features two sculptures by American artist Reuben Nakian; The Rape of Lucrece
and Goddess of the Golden Thighs
, on long-term loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Other sculptures from local and regional artists are exhibited on a temporary basis.
The Irving Arts Center's Sculpture Garden creates a superb backdrop day or night with its three permanent sculptures and rotating exhibitions set amidst beautiful flowers, fountains and wondering paths. The setting is perfect for a romantic wedding reception or an elegant nighttime soirée.