The New Orleans Museum of Art announces the addition of a large-scale sculpture

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announces the addition of a large-scale sculpture by contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion. The 6.5-acre expansion, which opened to the public in May of 2019, builds on the success of the museum’s original five-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, widely regarded as one of the top sculpture gardens in the world. The comprehensive garden is now home to more than 90 sculptures representing the 19th century to the present. The sculpture garden is free and open to the public, seven days a week.

Entitled The Sun, Ugo Rondinone’s monumental gilded bronze sculpture evokes the artist’s ongoing practice of marrying organic forms such as trees, branches and foliage with neo-romantic themes. The celestial sculpture finds itself at home in the midst of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion, which emphasizes environmental impact and the natural features of the land and water.

“This towering, significant work by Ugo Rondinone takes its place within the garden landscape as yet another focal point for visitors to the garden,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director.

Born in 1964, Rondinone’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Place Vendôme, Paris; MACRO and Mercati di Traiano, Rome; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Anahuacalli, Mexico City; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens; Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna; and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium.


Sculpture Garden Hours

The Sculpture Garden is open 7 days a week with free admission.

Summer Hours | April 1 – September 30 | 10 am – 6 pm

Winter Hours | October 1 – March 31 | 10 am – 5 pm