The Lynden Sculpture Garden Reveals the Art of Harry and Peg Bradley
The opening includes the cape cod farmhouse designed
by Wilson Uihlein that the Bradley’s originally lived in, all renovated with
green sensibility and sustainability. On the house’s second floor, a huge
classroom will offer year-round educational programs and summer camps currently
in the planning stages. Original Bradley
furniture will be restored to the dining room while the living room eventually will
showcase art though rotating exhibitions. A grand, two-way fireplace from this
main room warms the connecting screen porch and adjacent terrace. Already these
vintage spaces may be rented for smaller special events, especially when the
kitchen has been refitted with catering quality equipment.
Most spectacular are the grounds Harry designed to
recall English country and botanical gardens where Peg installed the monumental
sculptures she collected during the years 1962-1978. The 50 sculptures the
couple purchased include works by Alexander Archipenko, Barbara Hepworth, Henry
Moore and Isamu Noguchi, to name only a few of the illustrious artists.
Visitors will be free to reflect on these impressive treasures, spreading
blankets nearby for reading in their shadows.
Also on site above the estate’s renovated barn, a
furnished apartment waits for the first artist in residence that Executive
Director Polly Morris foresees establishing in time. She envisions an artist
who will live and contribute to the community at large, assisting with the
numerous cultural events Morris expects to unfold when Lynden grows.
Additionally, Morris eagerly anticipates the
opportunity to invite temporary and traveling exhibitions to Lynden’s gardens
throughout the year. Recently a call for proposals from local artists was
initiated for the first exhibit, “Inside/Outside.”
For the garden’s May 30 grand opening, numerous special programs involving both visual and performance are scheduled. Wild Space Dance Company will commemorate the event with a unique presentation while chamber music entertains through out the afternoon. Near the newly constructed rain garden, a large parking lot and picnic area provides great spaces allowing visitors to appreciate the Bradley’s aesthetic foresight and philanthropy.
Finally open to public, the Bradley estate honors
Harry and Peg, a legacy poignantly remembered by their initials carved into two
hearts with an arrow through them on the living room’s fireplace bench. On the
opposite corner of the bench, the carvings etch the namesake, Lynden, and the date, 3-21-28.
After over 80 years, this expansive tribute to art and life becomes another remarkable gem for the city to cherish. Morris ecstatically claims about the Lynden Gardens, “It’s a great opportunity to open something new that’s rooted in the oldto be a major player in Milwaukee’s art community.”
The Lynden Sculpture Gardens at 2145 W. Brown Deer Road open May 30 from noon until 5 p.m. The five-dollar entrance fee may be used toward an annual membership.