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Jonathan Hertzel

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“Bronze has been used to express human nature throughout time.” – Jonathan Hertzel

Jonathan Hertzel is a classically trained sculptor who calls himself a sculptural historian. Rooted in traditional practice from his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and the University of Rochester, he has beeen working in bronze for more than 30 years. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

Hertzel says he is inspired by “an unfurling of elemental forces; earth, air, water, fire, coalescing into the underlying expression of the human form”. Hertzel’s sculptures are rooted in motion, transition and passage, and are visually multi-directional, but often figuratively based. He believes the figure is best suited for reflecting the changes in sculpture through time.

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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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