The Harrison Sculpture Garden is located on the rolling hills that surround the Arboretum's High Point. There are currently 23 works on permanent view on a site just over 3 acres. The works of renowned contemporary sculptors interplay with a magnificent landscape of open countryside, with trees and sky that change with every season. The wonders of nature, including wind, water and animals, along with the myths and stories about our place in this world, inspired these leading American and international sculptors of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works are sited around walkways leading up to the peaceful grove of Kentucky coffee trees that encircle the highest viewpoint here at the Arboretum.
The sculptures were generously donated by philanthropists Alfred Harrison and Ingrid Lenz Harrison of Wayzata, Minn. The Harrisons have been collecting art since they were married in 1964 and have spent their married lifetime building the collection of works by artists from around the world, including Italy, England, Zimbabwe and Argentina.
Their outdoor sculpture collection began in 1988. Alfred has said that they wanted to find the perfect home for their outdoor sculpture collection now that the couple is well into retirement. Not wanting to leave the task of finding a location to their children, the Harrisons chose the Arboretum. They are very pleased that hundreds of people will be able to enjoy the sculptures during a walk or even as they drive by.
Hear their story and interpretations about some of the sculptures in the video below.