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Bradford Graves

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The making of sculpture may be taken as a desire for wholeness: the recognition of one’s identity as part of the earth and its materials. In the confrontation of one’s inner image with physical materials, a dialogue begins and the result is a sculptural statement. Through this dialogue an attempt is made to clarify subject and object matter. … The material I have chosen to have a working dialogue with is stone. —Bradford Graves, “The Making of Sculpture” (Aug. 6, 2006)

Graves was born in Dallas, Texas in 1939. He moved to New York City in 1958 where he studied at the School of the Visual Arts, the American School, and the New School. It was at the New School that Graves encountered sculptor Seymour Lipton—his greatest influence. During his life Graves traveled throughout the world—Greece, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Haiti, Scotland, Africa, Japan and the American Southwest—continuously nourishing his appetite for archaeology and new cultural experiences. He also served on the faculty at Parsons School of Design in New York City and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. Graves’ passed away on April 16, 1998.

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We have received many questions about whether the opening of state parks includes Grounds For Sculpture. Please note at this time we remain closed. 

As a nonprofit organization we are not part of the state parks system and we are not yet permitted to open. We are watching the situation closely. When we are permitted to open, we are determined to do so in way that is safe for our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We know the value of being out in nature and experiencing art is all the more important and restorative during these uncertain times. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to experience GFS later this season when we are permitted and able to reopen. We are tending the garden to ensure we are ready when the time comes.

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