Established in 1992 on the old New Jersey State Fairgrounds, Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre sculpture park in Hamilton NJ displaying works by well-known and emerging American and international artists. We were able to visit during a short Easter Day trip down to New Jersey.
While we strolled the grounds, I found myself drawn to the sculptures representing everyday folks involved in everyday tasks. These were mostly created, as it turned out, by the sculptor who founded GFS, Seward Johnson, and are part of a special Seward Johnson Retrospective exhibit at the park.
I found myself especially drawn to the sculptures of men at work from his Celebrating the Familiar series. "I want my work to disappear into the landscape and then take a viewer by surprise", Johnson said to the NY Times in 2002. You could walk up to these pieces and not realize they were sculptures until you were fairly close.
See what I mean? Here are some of my other favorite pieces from Grounds for Sculpture. As it turns out, most by Johnson as well.
If you're ever in the Princeton or Trenton area, Grounds for Sculpture is definitely worth a visit.