Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is pleased to present our third annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, entitled From There to Here, curated by Ranch Artistic Programs Manager Meriwether McClorey. This iteration of the exhibition includes works by emerging and established artists, many with a personal connection to the Ranch, including past Summer Series speakers, Visiting Artists and Artistic Staff members. New works include contributions from artists Leah Aegerter, Sanford Biggers, Louise Deroualle, Jessica Stockholder and Tavares Strachan. We are also thrilled to welcome several new artists to the Ranch with sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, Virginia Overton and Nari Ward. Many of the works in this year’s exhibition are socially and politically engaged, encouraging discourse and conversation about race, history, identity and belonging. 

If you are interested in purchasing a sculpture, please contact Meriwether McClorey, Artistic Programs Manager, at mmcclorey@andersonranch.org or call 970/924-5098 for more information.

Read about the participating artists below and tour the campus.

Campus Hours:

Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM from June to September

Monday – Thursday 10AM -3PM from October to May

Digital Self-Guided Tour

To learn about the outdoor sculpture exhibition and campus buildings, view the digital self-guided tour.


Current Sculptures

1. Isamu Noguchi Play Sculpture, c. 1965/80 (fabricated 2021) | Steel and paint
Courtesy of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum and White Cube

Made from six pieces of standard sewer pipe, Play Sculpture is one of Isamu Noguchi’s most successful, all-in-one, environment-in-an-object play-scapes. 

Play Sculpture is emblematic of Noguchi’s drive to change our notion of what sculpture should be and to engage our sensory and physical interaction with his art, or just reformat your point of view. Please touch and climb on the sculpture! 

2. Nari Ward Upended G.O.A.T., 2017 | Concrete, sand, fiberglass, rebar and steel wire
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London

Nari Ward created Upended G.O.A.T. as part of his solo exhibition “Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again” at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York in 2017.  The exhibition featured a series of six outdoor artworks that examined how hubris creates misplaced expectations in American cultural politics and also furthered Ward’s exploration of identity, social progress, the urban environment, and group belonging.

3. Del Harrow, Thinking Bench, 2021 | Ceramic and concrete
Courtesy of the artist and Harrvey Preston Gallery, Aspen

Del Harrow’s Thinking Bench is composed of two parts. The first element, a ceramic “orb”, supports the second part, a simple cast concrete curve. The concrete element serves as both seat and leg. The two parts are connected, both in the sense that one part supports the other, but also in that the concrete is partially made from broken shards of other similar ceramic objects. The ceramic is a prop but is also reconstituted as material within the concrete.

4. Virginia Overton Monochrome Chime, 2022 |  I-beams, miscellaneous metal and nylon cord
Courtesy of the artist and White Cube

Virginia Overton’s new sculpture Monochrome Chime is made of salvaged tools and discarded metal parts including bicycle components, pipes, and saw blades, which are then suspended from an I-beam by steel cables to create two rows of disparate objects running either side of a metal pipe. The work’s composition comes together to create the form of a wind chime.

5. Louise Deroualle Glow: Roots and Wings, 2022 | Ceramic
Courtesy of the artist

Louise Deroualle works with ceramic materials to create formal abstractions that reveal different facets – physical, experiential, emotional – of herself. Made out of clay earth, a humble and common material.

6. Louise Deroualle Strength, Vulnerability and Presence 2022 | Ceramic
Courtesy of the artist

Louise Deroualle translates feelings and emotions into her ceramic sculptures by layering ceramic materials to create expressive surfaces. Like her own skin, the surface of her pieces are thin and fragile barriers between the internal and external world. And like skin, the cracks, blisters, and wrinkles that texture the surfaces of her works record time and stories, veiling and yet revealing who we are.

7. Sanford Biggers Oracle, 2021 | Bronze
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen

Oracle is a continuation of Sanford Biggers’ Chimera sculptures, a series of figurative sculptures created by combining African masks and European figures that explore historical depictions of the body and their subsequent myths, narratives, perceptions, and power. In 2021, a 25-foot version of Oracle was presented at Rockefeller Center in collaboration with Art Production Fund.

8. Tavares Strachan Sometimes Lies are Prettier, 2020 | Pink neon, steel, sintra
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Sometimes Lies are Prettier speaks to the many ways we choose to accept the carefully constructed narratives that best fall in line with our lives. When we encounter this work, we are called to question the authenticity of our perspective. In addressing our personal discrepancies between fact and fiction, we can therefore acknowledge the tendency of historical narratives to obscure truths or exclude certain figures. We are ultimately forced to face the instability of our surroundings and our understanding of knowledge.

9. Brad Howe Walking in the Rough, 2018 | Stainless steel
Courtesy of the artist

From a body of totem works, Walking in The Rough, speaks to the spirit of Prickly Pears, Saguaros and Jumping Chollas. Where Walt Whitman meets Will Rogers under a desert moon, tall tales and poetic yarns stack upon each other, a botanical ladder blooms hand grips and foot holds to an eagle’s nest from which the ultimate horizon will be charted.

10. Richard Lapedes Time Flies, 2020 | Brass plate and steel fittings
Courtesy of the artist

Time Flies began with the idea of the metaphor, “time flies” and then the artist selected materials and methods to realize this idea visually. This piece was created using no welding or traditional fasteners and is built entirely of identical modular pieces. Time Flies became itself because the steel plates seem so animated as to be flying. And thanks to time’s passage, the constantly changing rust and green patterns give biological life to these wings.

11. Trey Hill The Night the Stars Were Dark, 2023 | Ceramic, steel and wood
Courtesy of the artist Harvey Preston Gallery, Aspen

The central form in Trey Hill’s The Night the Stars Were Dark is an idealized tree, drawn from Greek and Roman classical sculpture. Historically, this tree was used to support fragile marble figurative sculptures and keep them from breaking at the ankles. This element of the larger sculpture often goes unnoticed, as the exceptional carving of the human form consumes the viewer. He finds this to be an effective analogy for the many subtle ways we find to support each other.

12. John Buck Cirrus, 2000 | Bronze
Courtesy of the artist

John Buck’s artwork is informed by contemporary issues as well as the primitive and folk art of many cultures. The figures represent the human condition from which abstract compositions emanate. The subject of each sculpture can be inspired by social, political and personal concerns.

13. JASON MEHL Anthropocene, 2012 | Bronze on granite base
Courtesy of the artist

This sculpture’s seemingly geological form contrasts sharply with sections that were deliberately cut and removed. The final composition represents our species immutable mark on earth’s geological record. This new epoch in human history is known as the Anthropocene… a point in time where the record of our impact has become irreversible.
All materials used in the sculpting and casting of this piece were reclaimed from industries that have contributed massively to this impact.

14. Leah Aegerter Sun and Stone (Dark Angel), 2022 | Blackened steel and cherry
Courtesy of the artist

Sun and Stone (Dark Angel) centers around a 3D scan captured at the base of the Dark Angel spire in Arches National Park. This piece asks the viewer to assume the position of the rock and engages moments, relationships, and tensions noticed in the desert: the sensuality of sandstone surfaces; the fraught yet beautiful connection between natural forms and industrial materials infiltrating the red rock landscapes; the emotional warmth the moment the sun illuminates the rock –  we too know what it’s like to feel the heat of sunlight. We are all wild things being held by the built world, experiencing the elements of nature running their course around us, whether we notice them or not.

15. Enrique Martínez Celaya The Savior, 2008 | Bronze
Courtesy of the artist

The Savior is a bronze sculpture from 2008, depicting a deer pulling his homeland with its mountain and lakes. The homeland is attached to the deer’s antlers suggesting that it is both a source of guidance and growth and also as an attachment to who we used to be.

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