Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

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Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
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Piotr H.
Lodz, Poland3,983 contributions
A must see in Stanford. Not a big place but so amazing. Really nice sculptures. You can spend there taking pictures even an hour
Written October 5, 2019
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Verdra
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Solo
The sculpures are absolutely beautiful and interesting. The whole place is definitely worth the visit!! The garden is not very big, but plan enough time to read all the interesting descriptions.
Tipp: The sculpures are lighted when it's dark outside, so you can visit after sunset
Written August 4, 2015
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Richard H
Montara, CA49 contributions
Solo
I worked at Stanford for 30 years and this is one of my favorite spots on campus. The sculptures were created in place by native New Guinea artists brought to California in a collaboration with the Stanford anthropology department and they engaged with the community in the process of creating this unique outdoor space. Some of the sculptures blend into the natural site and will surprise you as you wander; interspersed are benches for lingering, and right next door is the Windhover Contemplative Center, an ideal pairing with the New Guinea Sculpture Garden for taking you out of the hyper-connected world of screens and social media.
Written August 8, 2017
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Tal H
Jerusalem, Israel17 contributions
Couples
Around 50 sculptures and totems. An impressive collection, and it's just standing there waiting for you to explore it. Very tranquil and interesting.
Written April 17, 2016
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Kim
Palo Alto, CA35 contributions
Family
The garden is hidden in a tiny forest at the corner of Lomita and Santa Teresa. You can walk right by and never notice it. Step inside and it's overwhelmingly powerful and beautiful. Play the crocodile drum. Walk through the entire forest carefully, many sculptures are hidden until you're right in front of them. Look for the giant snake - they chained him to a tree, I think it's because he comes to life at night and might slither into a dorm room nearby. At the southwest tip of the garden find the New Zealand version of Rodin's Gates of Hell carved in volcanic stone. Take your time and read the interpretive signs, it's an amazing story.
Written February 27, 2016
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yojoojoopie
22 contributions
Friends
Come see the incredible woodwork. Beautiful details. also interesting to compare to Rodin sculptures and how they portray people. Check out the whindoved building next door- also a work of art!
Written January 27, 2016
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Xristakis
Stanford, CA10 contributions
Family
Expressing the culture of remote places not frequented by travelers and without the hazards of wild animals and tropical rains. Wooden drums are lots of fun particularly when the spirits are summoned. These spirits normally hang out next door in the contemplation center but are grateful to be liberated and dance to the drums.
Written August 20, 2015
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BondGrrl
San Francisco Bay Area610 contributions
Couples
We went to the Anderson, the Cantor, and this garden all on one day. This was SUCH A TREASURE! We were told about it by a local - we had no idea that it was even on the Stanford Campus.

Leave enough time so that you can really read about the endeavor to bring a village of Papua New Guinea craftsmen to America (to Stanford) to make this sculpture garden. Definitely read what they had to say about Rodin's Thinker (and enjoy their own, which they say "is better" :-) )

A real find. If you like this sort of art, it's a treasure, and such a luxury to see the sculptures in an outdoor setting instead of in a museum.

Written July 10, 2015
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mini
Fremont, CA167,242 contributions
Couples
The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden is a fun place to visit; the garden is located in an oak and cedar grove in front of Roble Dormitory.

We visited during the week-end as we could then find parking directly by the gardens. (Note: During the week during work hours, this parking is for faculty and staff of Stanford University).

The many sculptures are uniquely carved, and the different caricatures of people and animals make them interesting to look at. There are some signage boards that one can read describing the gardens. It is best to walk through during daylight hours to see them. It is level. We also enjoyed seeing the foliage and some flowers.

The gardens and sculptures have been there since 1994. Ten master Papua New Guinea sculptures, who were in residence at Stanford University, created this beautiful and peaceful garden.

It is well done. The gardens are free to visit.
Written March 22, 2015
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Katie B
Palo Alto, CA136 contributions
Family
Stumbled on this during a long walk & talk with my brother last winter. Very odd. Worth a stop by if you're taking a walking tour of Stanford heading toward Lake Lagunita from the center of campus.
Written June 29, 2014
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