DeCordova is internationally recognized as a major venue for the exhibition and interpretation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The Sculpture Park occupies the entire campus: 30 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, forests, fields, gardens, and terraces on a rolling site along the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At any given time, approximately 60 sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Park, which is open every day during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter.
The Sculpture Park reveals to visitors a cross-section of how contemporary artists work outdoors, and how outdoor art enters into complex dialogues with sites and environmental conditions. This is accomplished with a three-tiered program of collection works, loans, and site-specific projects and commissions.
The collection includes works by significant twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists that provide an art-historical context for other work in the park, and include sculptures by Dorothy Dehner, Antony Gormley, Dan Graham, Alexander Liberman, Nam June Paik, Beverly Pepper, Jaume Plensa, George Rickey, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.
Artists with sculptures currently on loan to deCordova include Jim Dine, Dewitt Godfrey, Paul Matisse, and Isaac Witkin.
Site-specific projects and special installations are designed and implemented especially for the Sculpture Park. Site-specific works include Steven Siegel’s Big, with Rift; a major installation by environmental artist Alan Sonfist, The Endangered Species of New England; and PLATFORM 17: Beacon, Stephanie Cardon.
DeCordova offers innovative, educational Sculpture Park programming for visitors of all ages and experience levels to connect with art, nature, and deCordova's cultural environment. Interactive gallery spaces, participatory public and family programs, exposure to artists at work, hands-on family materials, experiential professional development, audio tours, snowshoe tours, and regularly scheduled public tours offer deep engagement with the art on view in the Sculpture Park.