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Bruce Daniels

Bruce Daniels 1
Bruce Daniels
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Plainfield, NJ
  • Birth Date b. 1949
2. Brian Carey (L) and Bruce Daniels (R) inside the frame of the Small Livestock Building during its relocation to its current location, where it now serves as the Museum Building.

If Grounds For Sculpture had a resident historian, Bruce Daniels would be it. His thorough documentation of the evolution of the grounds has resulted in a vast archival collection; a trove to which this exhibition is indebted. However, this title would not begin to convey the magnitude of his contributions as a founding team member, which began when he accepted the challenge to shepherd the process of transforming twelve flat and nearly treeless acres of land into Seward Johnson’s resplendent vision. In 1984, while working as the newly hired property supervisor for the Atlantic Foundation, helmed by Johnson, Daniels was asked to secure some recently purchased property.

It was a place he had visited twice before, when the grounds were home to The New Jersey State Fair, but this third encounter was different.

“In 1984, when I was hired by Seward Johnson, I was a graduate student in Sociology waiting for a counseling position to open up. I took what I thought was going to be an interim job as the Property Supervisor of the Atlantic Foundation, and my first major assignment was to secure and stabilize the Fairgrounds property. Grounds For Sculpture held its inaugural exhibition and opened to the public in the spring of 1992. I have spent the subsequent 25 years acting as Project Manager and Facilities Director of the park as it evolved over time. And it really has been an extraordinary evolutionary process. Everything I know about building construction, landscape development, and sculpture installations, I learned on the job, and it has been an amazingly unexpected and wonderful career. ”

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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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