Bell Museum of Natural History

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN



New Outdoor Sculpture Garden at Bell Museum of Natural History


The University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History will unveil a major new outdoor sculpture garden to mark the museum's new mission to integrate art and science in exhibits, programs and classes at a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,1999.

The garden's centerpieces consist of a life-size bronze sculpture of a moose and three wolves representing a dramatic struggle for survival between predator and prey. The sculptures are set in a 5,000 square foot landscape of native Minnesota trees, plants and rocks, which marks the new entrance to the museum. (left: Bell Museum Sculpture Project, Photo by Tara C. Patty)

The garden is an extension of the Bell Museum's indoor exhibits, as well as a way to demonstrate the museum's new commitment to explore ways of incorporating art and science approaches to help people learn about the natural world. This fall, the museum will host a national conference on the topic or art and science, as well as unveil a series of exhibits that highlight the importance of both disciplines in understanding the environment.

"Society's need to understand the environment and its role in supporting human society has never been greater," says museum Director Scott Lanyon. "By integrating art, as well as science in our efforts to present important environmental concepts, we hope to help more people appreciate the natural world and our role in it."

The sculpture project, which was made possible through private funding, is the culmination of seven years of work by sculptor Ian Dudley, who created the forms for the bronze casts in his Lindstrom, Minnesota studio. The landscape was designed in part by students from the university's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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