I’m a firm believer in the idea that life is art. So for me, sculpture gardens are sanctuaries in ways other installation spaces just can’t be. Laguna Gloria by Austin Contemporary is probably the best example I have of a place where life and art merge beautifully.

Admission is $5 for adults on every day but Tuesday, when admission is free. Incredibly lucky people do have private events here at times, so make sure to check out their website for info on closures.

The garden is entirely outdoors, so also be mindful of the weather. I went on a muggy, rainy day and pretty much sweat through my clothes – but I’ll still begrudgingly admit that it was 100% worth it.


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The works and their sculptors I’ve photographed are mentioned, in order from left to right, below:

(Featured photo): SUPERFLEX, Lost Money,  2009

Nancy Holt, Time Spun, 1991
Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Missing Truffaut, 2014
Lionel Maunz, Lick Your Throat and Cut Your Feet, 2017
Ai Weiwei, Iron Tree Trunk, 2015
Laim Gillick, Raised Laguna Discussion Platform (Job #1073), 2013
Paul McCarthy, White Snow #3, 2012
Wangechi Mutu, Water Woman, 2017
John Grade, Canopy Tower, 2015
Tom Sachs, Tower of Power, 2015
Carol Bove, From the Sun to Zurich,  2016
Elmgreen & Dragset, Watching, 2017
Terry Allen, Road Angel, 2016
Monika Sosnowksa, The stairs, 2011

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