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Marilyn statue Grounds for Sculpture

“Grounds for Sculpture” is a sculpture garden that is quite close to where my husband and I live in New Jersey. We have been hearing about it ever since we arrived in the Garden State. It wasn’t until this past weekend that we finally made the journey to visit it. It has been by far our favorite adventure since moving here. “Grounds for Sculpture” is beautiful, relaxing and a wonderful place to take photos and enjoy contemporary art.

The picture above of the large Marilyn Monroe statue is probably the most famous piece the gardens have. She was created by Seward Johnson (he is also the founder of Grounds for Sculpture). This post will contain many photos of the gardens, but I should warn you, some of the statues are depictions of nude people (I’ve placed those pictures toward the end of the post). So, if you are reading this at work, proceed with caution. Haha.

Seward Johnson sculpture

My husband and I doing our best to recreate the scene.

My husband and I doing our best to recreate the scene.

I'm standing next to Marilyn in this photo to show just how large the sculptures are.

I’m standing next to Marilyn in this photo to show just how large the sculptures are.

My husband and I spent around 3 hours going through the park, but I feel we could have stayed far longer. There is art literally everywhere you look.

I am also not going to pretend my husband and I know the first thing about art. However, we were able to appreciate the lifelike sculptures and had a wonderful time wandering.

Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture

The admission to enter the gardens was $15 for adults and $10 for students. I can say with complete confidence that the sculpture gardens were worth every penny.

Grounds for Sculpture also offered so many fun opportunities for photographs! The next several photos will be of my husband and I being a little goofy. I should also mention that if my husband is not in the picture, that means he was taking the picture. So, about 90 percent of the pictures taken in this post are credited to my husband.

My husband pretending to poke the sleeping sculpture .

My husband pretending to poke the sleeping sculpture .

My husband being a creeper. Many of the sculptures had walkways..so you could get right up to them without damaging anything.

My husband being a creeper. Many of the sculptures had walkways..so you could get right up to them without damaging anything.

I was a wee bit too short for this one. Haha.

I was a wee bit too short for this one. Haha.

My husband was much better at this.

My husband was much better at this.

The next few pictures are of my personal favorite, “The Awakening.” He is a 70 foot giant coming out of the ground. He made for some fun pictures!

"The Awakening"

“The Awakening”

The Awakening

The Awakening

My husband and I also had dinner that evening at the restaurant inside the gardens. It’s called “Rat’s,” and it was wonderful! It’s a little pricier, but it was worth it. They have a beautiful outdoor dining area (the indoor looked beautiful, as well), and the food was superb.

A sculpture in the outdoor dining area at Rat's.

A sculpture in the outdoor dining area at Rat’s.

Our view for dinner at Rat's.

Our view for dinner at Rat’s.

If you find yourself near Hamilton, New Jersey, visiting Grounds for Sculpture is a must. I would also highly recommend Rat’s for dinner. And if you are planning to visit Grounds for Sculpture one day, I would come here soon. I just found out that Seward Johnson’s exhibit “The Retrospective,” will be closing in July. It is the exhibit that includes the statue of Marilyn. You can click here for more information and you can read TripAdvisor reviews by clicking here.

I will end this post with a photo gallery of the rest of our pictures from the gardens. I have included captions for some, but if you have any questions please let me know in the comments. (You can click on the photos to make them larger.)

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18 thoughts on “Exploring “Grounds for Sculpture”

  1. Mona

    Wow! It looks and sounds like an amazing place! The giant coming out of the earth is so cool. I will definitely put this place on my list of sights I need to see when I cross the pond.
    Beautiful photos Lindsey, very fun to see.

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Thank you so much, Mona! There’s a ton of fun sights to see over here, if you do cross the pond. 🙂 However, I have quite the growing list for the next time I make it to Europe. 😉

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  2. Yulia

    I didn’t know such an interesting garden existed in New Jersey! Some sculptures are so huge compared to you:) I would definitely visit next time I will travel from New York; thanks for recommending it:)

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  3. Devinne S.

    This is incredible! It must have been amazing to be surrounded by all of those sculptures. At least I can say that I’ve seen the Marilyn Monroe one in person–that one used to be on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago!

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  4. Joanna Joy

    I love this post! These pictures are so interesting. Your husband has a great sense of humor. I definitely got a good laugh out of the last few. Hee hee. Those are some beautiful sculptures. I really like the one of Marilyn Monroe and the one of the guy coming out of the ground.

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  5. Amanda Brezovsky

    I’ve honestly never heard of this place. Looks absolutely wonderful though! I could definitely spend the day there just wandering around. The Marilyn sculpture has to be my favorite. I love her lol. The scenery around Rats looks so beautiful too.

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