Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park

Well, we did it. We got off the couch, turned off Hulu/Netflix/Amazon Prime/ESPN+/Peacock, grabbed our hand sanitizer, put on our three-layer masks, and made our way to the Besthoff sculpture garden in City Park. Two outings in one week. Will wonders never cease?

Mother and Child by Fernando Botero.

Getting there was a bit of a challenge. We feel fairly safe taking the St. Charles street car because all the windows open and the riders are pretty diligent about wearing masks. So, we thought, no problem, we will take the St. Charles street car to the Canal street car and be all set. Except the Canal street car is closed where it intersects with St. Charles due to construction work surrounding the Hard Rock Hotel that collapsed over a year ago. (It took the developer 10 months to remove the bodies of some of the construction workers killed in the collapse so I hesitate to even think about how long it will take to demolish the building.) Not a huge deal — we just had to walk 10 minutes or so to the first working stop.

The Drummer by Michael Sandle.

But, when we hopped on the Canal street car we made a disappointing (and infuriating) discovery. The windows were all nailed shut. I’m guessing because the street cars on that line have air conditioning, but you would think they would remove the nails and let the windows be opened during a pandemic. So, we were already feeling unsafe.

Alu Truss Star by Frank Stella.

Then things got even worse. Apparently, the riders of the Canal street car think masks are more of a suggestion than a requirement. Especially if they are on the phone. Or drunk. Or preparing to drink their plastic bottle of Bud Light (“hidden” in a backpack) out of a straw. Fun, fun.

Civitas by Audrey Flack.

So, we won’t be taking the Canal street car anymore, which is a real shame because the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is pretty darn cool.

Restrained by Deborah Butterfield.

The garden sits on something like 11 acres in City Park and contains more than 90 sculptures. The park itself is beautiful with winding paths, trees, flowers, water features and, of course, interesting art.

Overflow by Jaume Plensa.

There was even a owl hooting up a storm.

A very large and very loud owl at the sculpture garden.

If we decide to buy here (newsflash, we are seriously considering it), I think we will spend a lot of time at the sculpture garden.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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2 Responses to Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park

  1. Tonja Green says:

    Sounds like you need to get some bikes for your transportation 🙂

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