The landscape at Hudson Gardens is enriched with unique works of art. Features include permanent displays that have been donated along with temporary installations made possible through the South Suburban Park and Recreation District's Art-on-Loan program.
Climb features a winding staircase that ascends architectural shapes that mimic a DNA strand, rising past three main aspects of human life: play, work and success. The sculpture represents living in the balance of organic forms and human-made structures; the successful climber celebrates the union of both. Climb is built from reclaimed steel and was fabricated in a North Denver studio fueled by solar power. It was one of sixteen sculptures showcased in Maureen Hearty’s ‘Iron Cycle’ sculpture exhibition, held at Hudson Gardens during summer 2016. Following the exhibition, Climb was added to the permanent art collection. It is located south of the Welcome Center.
This 22-foot steel sculpture created by Joshua Wiener towers above the wildflower meadow. The steel beams of the sculpture are arranged in a nest-like composition giving the viewer an image of nature and civilization in harmony.
Cultural PedestriansCultural Pedestrians is a series of freestanding concrete and steel pieces that represent past and present people from our society and others. As artist Sue Quinlan remarks, “The walking symbolically referenced by pedestrians is a measured movement with very direct connection to the world. Our differences may show, but are held tight in the strong foundation of the human condition, moving relentlessly forward.” The artwork is part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s Art-on-Loan program and will be displayed at The Inn at Hudson Gardens from June 2017 through August 2018.
Dee Dee & Libby
Robin Laws’ bronze sculpture, Dee Dee & Libby, was inspired by real burros living in Wyoming: mother Dee Dee and her baby Libby. The sculpture was generously donated to Hudson Gardens in 2017 by Louise “Mim” Donner, a 105-year-old resident of Littleton. It is on display near the Garden Railroad.
Dorothy & Friends
This sculpture, crafted by Phyllis C. Beattie, depicts a young girl reading The Land of Oz with her dog at her side. This sculpture was dedicated in memory of Dorothy J. Vogt and is currently on display near the Hudson Residence Business Office.
Eccentric Cello COMING JUNE 2018
Crafted from forged steel, Eccentric Cello accentuates the feminine character of the cello. As artist Victoria Patti explains, “As a sculptor working with steel as my medium, it is my goal to make this rigid substance appear soft and supple, fluid and dynamic. I seek out subjects that enable me to express textures and curves and colors that draw the eye and invite interaction." Eccentric Cello is part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s Art-on-Loan program and will be displayed in front of the Welcome Center from June 2018 through May 2019.
Flight represents love and respect for the insect world, inspired by insect wings which are at once intricate, delicate, and incredibly strong. The sculpture features four separate pieces that mimic the structure of dragonfly wings. Each piece is woven with reclaimed printing press address labels and secured in a steel armature. Flight was one of sixteen sculptures showcased in Maureen Hearty’s ‘Iron Cycle’ sculpture exhibition, held at Hudson Gardens during summer 2016. Following the exhibition, Flight was added to the permanent art collection. It is located across from the Vegetable Garden.
The Gift is nestled among the pine trees of the Conifer Grove along a quiet walking path. Designed by Boulder sculptor Susan Grant Raymond, this sculpture was donated by Donor Alliance, commemorating organ donors and recipients.
Hanging Around portrays two bear cubs climbing a tree, while the mother bear in the adjacent Under a Watchful Eye sculpture looks on. The bronze sculpture was created by sculptor Stephen LeBlanc, whose art reflects a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. It can be found at Hudson Gardens' west entrance, adjacent to the Mary Carter Greenway Trail and the South Platte River. Commissioned using funds from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Hanging Around was selected for placement by the City of Littleton Fine Arts Committee in 1996.
Incoming, a bronze sculpture depicting geese in flight, was created by Stephen LeBlanc and is located on the small island at the south end of Hudson Lake. The sculpture is dedicated in memory of Ed Warner.
This interactive living sculpture designed by Robert C. Anderson is located near the Hudson Gardens Business Office. This piece was donated in memory of the lives of Joedy, Thomas, and Daniel Stegman. The sculpture features a pair of twisting kaleidoscopes that focus on live flowers blooming in a rotating bowl below.
This sculpture, a collection of nine stainless steel figures, was created by Todd Siler to resemble a primitive form of one of the most complex structures in the universe. This sculpture is a permanent installation located in Hudson Gardens’ amphitheater.
Parts COMING JUNE 2018
Parts depicts a female figure with a collection of detailed colorful forms and shapes that rise through her center, representing “suggestions, parts of a life, chapters in her story, each one varied and unique. Sheltered and surrounded by her strong, simple steel silhouette, this figure has tales to tell and wisdom to share” (Charlotte Zink, sculptor). Parts is made of steel and outdoor quarry clay and is part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s Art-on-Loan program and will be displayed near the Cascades from June 2018 to May 2019.
Created by Shohini Ghosh, Red Dress is a figurative, stylistic representation of simple moments in life. This bronze sculpture is set among conifer trees near the Victoria Water Lily Pond. Installed in 2015, Red Dress was loaned to Hudson Gardens through the South Suburban Park and Recreation District's Art-on-Loan program. Using funds contributed from a variety of donors, Hudson Gardens purchased the piece to become a part of its permanent outdoor art collection.
Ray’s Bench, a bronze bench created by sculptor Stephen LeBlanc, accompanies Tar Baby. It is dedicated to the memory of Ray Koernig, a volunteer, advocate, and board member of Hudson Gardens. Ray’s Bench is located near the Hudson lake.
Tar Baby, a sculpture created by Stephen LeBlanc, is dedicated to the memory of Helen Koernig, a a gardening enthusiast. The memorial is a bronze representation of Helen’s daughter Kate’s beloved Shetland pony and is located near the Hudson lake.
Under a Watchful Eye
Under a Watchful Eye portrays a mother bear looking on over two bear cubs depicted in the adjacent Hanging Around sculpture. The bronze sculpture was created by sculptor Stephen LeBlanc, whose art reflects a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. It can be found at Hudson Gardens' west entrance, adjacent to the Mary Carter Greenway Trail and the South Platte River. Donated by Mary Bradford in honor of Wendy Kempf Bowe, Under a Watchful Eye was selected for placement by the City of Littleton Fine Arts Committee in 1996.
Water Drop is built from reclaimed industrial steel pieces that are welded together to form a droplet of water, which symbolizes the connection between water and the industrial process. According to artist Maureen Hearty, Water Drop provides “an invitation to consider modernization's wastefulness of water with hopes to inspire conservation.” The sculpture was one of sixteen sculptures showcased in Hearty’s ‘Iron Cycle’ sculpture exhibition, held at Hudson Gardens during summer 2016. Following the exhibition, Water Drop was added to the permanent art collection. It is located near the north end of the Hudson lake.