New to the Copeland Sculpture Garden

May 19, 2017

Sioux, 1990. Robert Murray (born 1936). Bronze with green patina, 92 x 74 inches. Delaware Art Museum, F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund and Partial Gift of an anonymous donor, 1990. © Robert Murray.

In early May, the Museum preparators installed two sculptures in the Copeland Sculpture Garden—Robert Murray’s geometric Sioux (1990) and Charles Parks’ playful Watersprite of the Brandywine (1963). Robert Murray has been investigating the possibilities of large-scale abstract sculpture since the early 1960s. The resulting works often consist of large sheets of metal that are curved, folded or wrinkled into dynamic shapes that call to the mind the natural landscape that inspires the artist. Charles Parks is best known for his figurative sculptures that adorn private gardens and public spaces throughout the United States. Parks’ elfin creature is a personification of the robust milling industry that flourished along the lower Brandywine Creek in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Copeland Sculpture Garden offers visitors a pleasant walk in the Museum’s landscaped surroundings. The outdoor gallery now features 18 collection and loaned sculptures by nationally recognized artists in a setting that integrates indigenous plants. The Garden, unique in Delaware, incorporates the existing wooded areas and lawns that were part of the original Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft estate. The Copeland Sculpture Garden was dedicated in 2006 by Tatiana Copeland in honor of her husband, Gerret, and his parents, Pamela and Lammot duPont Copeland.

Click here to participate in the exciting programs and events taking place outdoors this summer at the Delaware Art Museum.



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