Half-mile sculpture walk through the LeMay family Marymount property in Tacoma, WA
Reclaimed elements include 100-year old pickle barrel wood and 30’-long steel plate sheets
Collection of Rodin sculptures sited within the natural landscape
Sprawling on 100 acres, this former military academy is now home to collections of vintage cars, memorabilia and fine art owned by the LeMay family, best known for holding the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Privately Owned Car Collection in the World.’
The Sculpture Garden adds a new layer of history to the site. The well-known sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin, include “The Thinker”, “Eve”, and “Age of Bronze” and are part of a larger collection of sculptures cast from the artist’s original molds.
What started as an exercise in siting the sculptures on the property led to the integration of the site’s raw materials within the existing forested landscape. The combination of the site’s beauty and the LeMay family’s love for authentic materials was the inspiration for the sculpture garden’s design. Architectural design elements from Marymount provided inspiration for some of the main design features. The prominent arch formation found on the site’s main brick building is echoed through two large gateways that serve as pathway thresholds. Brick patterning and scale is echoed in the wood patterning on the trellises. Custom garden benches also echo the arches with curved metal bar details.
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