Jonathan Lippincott at Nathan Manilow and Lynden Sculpture Garden

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A classic solution for summer stress is getting away from it all and taking a walk in a gorgeous landscape. So much the better when that landscape is dotted with contemporary sculpture, both challenging and friendly. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University in University Park and The Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee have teamed up to provide an exclusive opportunity to visit their sites and get an inside line on how some of their artworks came to be.

Jonathan Lippincott, author of Princeton University Press’s Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, will visit both of these remarkable sculpture presentations. He will deliver a lively talk about Lippincott Inc., a center for monumental sculpture where many of the most prominent sculptors of that turbulent era worked with his father, Donald, and Don’s partner Roxanne Everett, to create signature works. Jonathan will visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden Tuesday, July 13 and the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Thursday, July 14. These will be his only stops in the Midwest this summer.

Prairie paths connect the various works in the Manilow park. Photo Credit: Bruce Crooks

Lippincott grew up within a heady artistic milieu that included artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Ellsworth Kelly, and Clement Meadmore. He will draw on the massive photo archive created by Roxanne Everett that documents the artists and their sculptures, the welders and crew, and he will discuss the history of their groundbreaking work. The talk, like his book, Large Scale, will provide a fascinating window into the fabrication process; the road from shop to galleries, museums, private collections and public art shows; and into what many have called the golden age of public art.

‘Floating Sculpture No. 3’ at Lynden Sculpture Garden

A number of works now in the collection of the two sites were created at the North Haven, Connecticut, foundry, and the author will provide details about their evolution during his presentation. In addition, books will be available for purchase at each venue which the author has agreed to sign for guests.

Both sculpture parks will remain open until dusk following the talk, so there will be plenty of time for a stroll before or afterward.


Details for the presentations at Lynden Sculpture Garden and The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park can be found on their websites. Directions to Lynden are easy to follow and the Manilow Park is accessible both via Metra rail and automobile.