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Sculpture Parks Here & There

Sculpture parks from around the world were recently featured on Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Defined blog. Take a look at 7 they believe you can’t miss, and one of our own special parks right in downtown Sarasota!


OPEN-AIR ART: 7 MUST-VISIT SCULPTURE PARKS

From giant roosters, deer, and hares, to mysterious shifting fog installations, some of the most exciting works of art are sited outside the traditional confines of a gallery in sculpture parks, giving visitors a whole new perspective on the pieces themselves and the landscapes they dominate—all while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful open spaces. Here are seven to put on your outdoor-art agenda.

1. Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Yorkshire, UK

A huge reclining hare, an army of imposing tribal figures, and a tree made of iron are just three of the sights that await visitors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. The brainchild of founding director Peter Murray CBE, the park covers 500 acres (202 ha). Works by Henry Moore, Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, and James Turrell are scattered around the grounds (as well as that Sophie Ryder hare, Zak Ové’s figures, and Ai Weiwei’s tree). “Viewing sculpture in the garden can provide a very different experience to an indoor gallery,” says Murray. “The changing light, the seasonal variations, and the elements all contribute to the experience.”

The 16-foot-tall (4.9 m)  Caldera , by leading British sculptor Tony Cragg, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The venue’s indoor gallery recently hosted the biggest UK exhibition of his work to date. Tony Cragg,  Caldera , 2008. Bronze, 480 x 372 x 342cm. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Michael Richter.

The 16-foot-tall (4.9 m) Caldera, by leading British sculptor Tony Cragg, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The venue’s indoor gallery recently hosted the biggest UK exhibition of his work to date. Tony Cragg, Caldera, 2008. Bronze, 480 x 372 x 342cm. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Michael Richter.

This is also the only place where you can see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety. “Sited on the hillside, the work takes on the majesty of the trees as it absorbs the Yorkshire landscape, which had such a strong influence on Hepworth,” observes Murray.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the only place you can view Barbara Hepworth’s  The Family of Man , 1970 in its full form. © Bowness. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Jonty Wilde.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the only place you can view Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man, 1970 in its full form. © Bowness. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Jonty Wilde.

2.Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
If you were in London between July 2013 and February 2015, you might have noticed a huge blue rooster surveying Trafalgar Square. That particular bird—Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock—can now be found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, but you can view its identical sibling (the work is an edition of two) at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, part of the Walker Art Gallery. The garden reopened in 2017 following a $10 million renovation and is home to works including Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.

Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen’s  Spoonbridge and Cherry  (1988) takes pride of place in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Photograph courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio. Copyright 1988 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988) takes pride of place in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Photograph courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio. Copyright 1988 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

3. Storm King Art Center
Cornwall, New York, USA
Just over an hour’s drive from Manhattan, Storm King Art Center was founded in 1960 by Ralph E Ogden and H Peter Stern. Originally a home for the works of the Hudson River School for painters, the park now spans 500 contiguous acres of wildlife-packed fields, former allées, woodlands, wetlands, and streams. More than 100 sculptures are dotted around the landscape, among them the futuristic, bright-red Iliad by Alexander Liberman, complete with its impossibly balanced cantilevered elements, and the rotatingFrog Legs by abstract expressionist Mark di Suvero. Storm King is currently staging two temporary exhibitions:Outlooks, a site-specific installation by Elaine Cameron-Weir, and Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, for which more than a dozen artists explore the impact of global warming through specially made sculpture, photography, and film.

Frog Legs  by Mark di Suvero (2002) at the Storm King Art Center rotates 360 degrees in order to give ever-changing views of the sky and surrounding landscape. Lent by the artist and Spacetime C.C., New York. Photograph: Jerry L Thompson.

Frog Legs by Mark di Suvero (2002) at the Storm King Art Center rotates 360 degrees in order to give ever-changing views of the sky and surrounding landscape. Lent by the artist and Spacetime C.C., New York. Photograph: Jerry L Thompson.

4. National Gallery of Australia
Canberra, Australia
Not all sculptures need to be solid, as the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Sculpture Garden demonstrates every day between 12:30pm and 2pm. As the name suggests, Fog Sculpture, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, envelops the garden in a mist that settles over its pond and pathways, shifting and moving with the wind. “The work is really intriguing because it acts very differently at different times of the year,” says Lucina Ward, senior curator, international painting and sculpture at NGA. “In foggy winters, the mist seems to continue onto the lake. On a hot summer’s day, meanwhile, it’s delightful to sit on a bench and have the vapor float onto your skin.” Also on display at the NGA isHeads from the North, by Dadang Christanto, a haunting work comprising 66 bronze heads staring out from the surface of a pond, and a life-sized model of Antony Gormley’s The Angel of the North.

Fujiko Nakaya’s  Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere  (1982) uses natural elements to create a living sculpture. Water vapor, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1977. © Fujiko Nakaya.

Fujiko Nakaya’s Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere (1982) uses natural elements to create a living sculpture. Water vapor, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1977. © Fujiko Nakaya.

5. Laumeier Sculpture Park
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
In 1968, Matilda C Laumeier bequeathed 72 acres of land to what would become Laumeier Sculpture Park. Today, it encompasses 105 acres, and is home to work from artists including Donald Judd, Jenny Holzer, and Tony Tasset, whoseDeer is a pensive and nervous—yet supersized—fawn ready to make her move. “I see the Laumeier as an intellectual playground,” says curator Dana Turkovic. “Artists use it as a platform, to add new voices to the conversation about public art in nature.” Laumeier also has an indoor gallery space, the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, which this fall will showcase the work of David Hutson.

Tony Tasset’s  Eye  stares intently back at visitors to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis. Photograph: Alamy.

Tony Tasset’s Eye stares intently back at visitors to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis. Photograph: Alamy.

6.Domaine du Muy
Le Muy, France
Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand knows a thing or two about sculpture: for almost 30 years he has staged exhibitions—and sold many works—at JGM Galerie (later renamed Galerie Mitterrand) in Paris’s hip Marais neighborhood. In 2015, Mitterrand and his son, Edward, opened a viewing space of a very different kind: one with no walls, and forests of pine and cork oaks as a dramatic backdrop. Situated 15 miles (24.1 km) inland between Nice and Marseilles, Domaine du Muy opened with an art trail of 40 pieces by contemporary artists spread across 25 acres (10.1 ha), curated in collaboration with Simon Lamunière, the brains behind Art Basel’s Art Unlimited section. The trail has been expanded even further for 2018, but pieces by resident artists Roman Signer and Claudia Comte remain.

Claude Lalanne’s oversized bronze apple,  Pomme de New York  at Domaine du Muy in the South of France. © Claude Lalanne. Courtesy Domaine du Muy. Photograph: JC Lett.

Claude Lalanne’s oversized bronze apple, Pomme de New York at Domaine du Muy in the South of France. © Claude Lalanne. Courtesy Domaine du Muy. Photograph: JC Lett.

7. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Copenhagen, Denmark
Knud W Jensen loved art and culture. He also held other people’s love of it in high esteem, which led to him founding in 1958 what would become the most-visited art museum in Denmark. Today, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art houses an extensive collection of works dating from the Second World War to the present day, in a series of modernist buildings and outdoor areas.

The stainless-steel and two-way-mirror glass piece,  Square Bisected by Curve  by New York-based artist Dan Graham, is on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Photograph: Kim Hansen. Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

The stainless-steel and two-way-mirror glass piece, Square Bisected by Curve by New York-based artist Dan Graham, is on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Photograph: Kim Hansen. Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Its adjoining Sculpture Park is modeled on an English landscape garden and cannot be viewed in its entirety from any one vantage point. “Louisiana should make itself known as a place for sculpture,” said Jensen, in his book Mit Loisiana-liv (My Louisiana Life). Standout works includeTwo Piece Reclining Figure No 5by Henry Moore, The Gate in the Gorge by American sculptor Richard Serra, and House to Watch the Sunset by American-Swiss sculptor Not Vital.


We’ll go ahead and add #8 ;-)

Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Our own bayfront area in downtown Sarasota has a wealth of sculptural and art appeal, including its annual Embracing Our Differences exhibit, which is billboard-sized expressions of creativity from people of all ages. In addition to this special exhibit on display during the winter, the bayfront has world-renown Unconditional Surrender (center) statue, and several smaller sculptures scattered all around, many of which are by Sarasota local artists.

This year’s Embracing Our Differences display is calling for art very soon! To find out more about how to submit entries to be a part of this large outdoor exhibit, visit their webpage here.

  • Deadline to submit art: October 15, 2018

  • This year’s exhibit is open: January 19 to March 15, 2019

Homes for the Sporting Life

Our partners at Christie's International Real Estate recently highlighted Homes for the Sporting Life.  Here in Sarasota, the outdoor life is attainable in most any home, thanks to our year-round ability to be outside, but there are some neighborhoods where outdoor lifestyles were the muse of entire developments!  Have a look at Christie's best homes for the sporting life, and a few of our own, right here in SRQ!

Christie's Pick's for Sporting Homes

DEL DIOS RANCH

RANCHO SANTE FE, CALIFORNIA

$28,000,000

Sports enthusiasts of many stripes will appreciate the professional tennis court, premier equestrian facilities, and magnificent indoor pool and spa offered at the 61.24-acre  Del Dios Ranch , one of the largest available tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Sports enthusiasts of many stripes will appreciate the professional tennis court, premier equestrian facilities, and magnificent indoor pool and spa offered at the 61.24-acre Del Dios Ranch, one of the largest available tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California.

LA DOLCE VITA

NEWPORT, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

PRICE UPON REQUEST.

Nestled within a desired and sheltered location in Newport, Australia,  La Dolce Vita  has exceptional amenities for aquatic sports, including a sandy beach, saltwater pool, boatshed with kitchenette, and a private jetty to accommodate a 40+ foot yacht, perfect for sailors.

Nestled within a desired and sheltered location in Newport, Australia, La Dolce Vita has exceptional amenities for aquatic sports, including a sandy beach, saltwater pool, boatshed with kitchenette, and a private jetty to accommodate a 40+ foot yacht, perfect for sailors.

THE ST. LAWRENCE ESTATE

PETITE-RIVIERE-SAINT-FRANCOIS, QUEBEC, CANADA

$1,295,576

Built with the thrill of outdoor recreation in mind,  The St. Lawrence Estate  provides effortless access to some of the most spectacular ski hills in North America: the home is nestled next to Le Massif ski area in Quebec, which boasts the highest vertical in Eastern Canada.

Built with the thrill of outdoor recreation in mind, The St. Lawrence Estate provides effortless access to some of the most spectacular ski hills in North America: the home is nestled next to Le Massif ski area in Quebec, which boasts the highest vertical in Eastern Canada.

RIVER OAK FARM

MAHWAH, NEW JERSEY

PRICE UPON REQUEST.

River Oak Farm  suits the sophisticated equestrian with its 20-stall barn, 14,000 square foot indoor riding arena, five paddocks, and private bridle trails.

River Oak Farm suits the sophisticated equestrian with its 20-stall barn, 14,000 square foot indoor riding arena, five paddocks, and private bridle trails.

SUNSET RIDGE

TELLURIDE, COLORADO

$27,500,000

The indoor recreation enthusiast will enjoy the activity wing of Telluride, Colorado’s  Sunset Ridge , equipped for billiards, ping-pong, and personal gaming, all the while admiring magnificent mountain views.

The indoor recreation enthusiast will enjoy the activity wing of Telluride, Colorado’s Sunset Ridge, equipped for billiards, ping-pong, and personal gaming, all the while admiring magnificent mountain views.

Our Picks for Sarasota Sporting Neighborhoods

Sarasota itself is a wonderful place for those leading "the sporting life."  With our weather, we're able to be outside and active year-round, and so many communities have gone out of their way to build that into their neighborhood's signature way of life.  If you need help finding the perfect neighborhood to satisfy your lifestyle needs, let us help you! 

We've got homes listed in two fabulous neighborhoods that support the sporting life.  Have a look...

The Meadows

Residents of the Meadows enjoy the three 18-hole championship golf courses, 14 miles of sidewalks and bike trails, a 1.7-mile fitness loop and 5,000 square foot fitness center to satisfy their active lifestyle.  If you want access to it all, have a look at our featured listing in The Meadows, 4305 Highland Oaks Circle!

Mote Ranch

This off-the-beaten path neighborhood is not as well known as its nearby contemporaries in and around North Sarasota, but it's proximity to the entertainment of Lakewood Ranch Main Street, the new shopping mecca of University Town Center, as well as Braden River & Ward Lake make it the perfect location for those who desire a quiet community with ample access to everything else!  The launch right from the neighborhood community area (which also includes a community center, pool, nature trail, and playground!) means easy access for kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards heading down the Braden River.  Check out our listing in Mote Ranch, 6520 Grand Point Avenue!

Winter Wonderlands

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The holidays are here and with them come our seasonal residents, escaping the cold and snow from all over the country.  Many Sarasotans (full-time or seasonal) will not see snow at all this year, in fact (and I'm one of them!).  Michael Saunders & Company partner, Christie's International Real Estate, recently posted some of the best homes in winter wonderlands currently on the market.  So grab your lemonade, wipe the sand from your feet, and get into the holiday spirit from our 75 degree paradise by checking out this lovely set of wintery escapes.

This blog was excerpted from Christie's Luxury Defined blog.  You can read the full article here.  


6 Homes in Winter Wonderlands

Here come the holidays, with a layer of fresh powder for your skis. Luxury Defined presents six scenic homes designed to make the most of the season—and the snowpack—in ultimate convenience and creature comfort. From a grand chalet in the Italian Dolomites to a gorgeous mountain estate in Telluride, these deluxe residences come alive at wintertime, with glamour and glow enough for a 21st-century Currier & Ives print. There’s an ultra-chic, ultramodern apartment in St. Moritz; a mountain-view home under the big sky of Jackson, Wyoming; and, luxury ski homes just steps from the pistes and lifts near Sun Valley and Tahoe. Ski in or ski out, or take your place by the hearth and dream of springtime. Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening?

Alpine Chalet

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

This magnificent alpine chalet, poised on a mountainside in the Brenta Dolomites, is perfect for ski and apres-ski, Italian style.

This magnificent alpine chalet, poised on a mountainside in the Brenta Dolomites, is perfect for ski and apres-ski, Italian style.

Chesa Futura

St. Moritz, Switzerland

[side note: This interesting and stunning property was also featured in our blog about architectural works of art.  

This uber-chic apartment offers a bird's-eye view of St. Moritz from its coveted location in the Sir Norman Foster-designed Chesa Futura residences.

This uber-chic apartment offers a bird's-eye view of St. Moritz from its coveted location in the Sir Norman Foster-designed Chesa Futura residences.

Gros Ventre Butte Estate

Jackson, Wyoming

On 11 private acres near Gros Ventre butte, this contemporary marvel is set against the backdrop of Grand Teton National Park.

On 11 private acres near Gros Ventre butte, this contemporary marvel is set against the backdrop of Grand Teton National Park.

Contemporary Mountain Retreat

Telluride, Colorado

This mountain estate, minutes from the Old West town and ski resort of Telluride, is a haven of tranquility and innovative design in Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

This mountain estate, minutes from the Old West town and ski resort of Telluride, is a haven of tranquility and innovative design in Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

Water's Edge

Incline Village, Nevada

Lake Tahoe is the setting for this beautiful log home equipped for four-season recreation and entertaining.

Lake Tahoe is the setting for this beautiful log home equipped for four-season recreation and entertaining.

Bald Mountain Log Home

Ketchum, Idaho

In a prized winter playground, this riverfront home is steps away from the chairlift to Bald Mountain Ski Area and 10 minutes' drive from the world-class Sun Valley Resort.

In a prized winter playground, this riverfront home is steps away from the chairlift to Bald Mountain Ski Area and 10 minutes' drive from the world-class Sun Valley Resort.


Please give us a call today for any and all of your real estate needs.  If you want to relocate or have a second home in our "winter wonderland," we can help, and if you desire to move to a winter wonderland of your own, we can help there too--by connecting you with one of our fabulous national and international real estate partners.  Happy Holidays from The View from the Top!

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Six Architectural Works of Art

Our partners at Christie's International Real Estate highlight six luxury properties in their Luxury Defined series.  We loved their article this week on artistic architectural buildings.  Check out the pictures below and the full article here.  

The Bubble Palace

Theole-sur-Mer, France

Pierre Cardin's iconic Bubble Palance was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.  The unique living spaces are composed of interconnecting terracotta orbs which flow into beautiful gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

Pierre Cardin's iconic Bubble Palance was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.  The unique living spaces are composed of interconnecting terracotta orbs which flow into beautiful gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

Chesa Futura

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Chesa Futura (house of the future) is the innovative creation of Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Dir Norman Foster.  The dynamic bubble-shaped building comprises five ultra-exclusive apartments overlooking the Swiss Alps and the village of St. Moritz.

Chesa Futura (house of the future) is the innovative creation of Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Dir Norman Foster.  The dynamic bubble-shaped building comprises five ultra-exclusive apartments overlooking the Swiss Alps and the village of St. Moritz.

Ski the Future

Incline Village, Nevada

Ski the Future is a triumph of design overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Ski the Future is a triumph of design overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Shining Hand Ranch

Ashland, Oregon

The striking 8,880-square-foot residence that stands at the center of Shining Hand Ranch is a work of art handcrafted from exotic wood and river rock to evoke the flow of nature.

The striking 8,880-square-foot residence that stands at the center of Shining Hand Ranch is a work of art handcrafted from exotic wood and river rock to evoke the flow of nature.

The St. Lawrence Estate

Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Quebec, Canada

The recipient of a Nobilis prize for architecture, the St. Lawrence Estate, a contemporary ski retreat in Quebec's Massif valley, was designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects in 2014.

The recipient of a Nobilis prize for architecture, the St. Lawrence Estate, a contemporary ski retreat in Quebec's Massif valley, was designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects in 2014.

Villa Dulnhove

Bosch en Duin, Netherlands

Villa Duinhove is a contemporary jewel crafted from glass, aluminum, and Jerusalem gold limestone.

Villa Duinhove is a contemporary jewel crafted from glass, aluminum, and Jerusalem gold limestone.

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