I keep returning to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum and I know why. Paid for by the lone daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of WalMart and the Walmart Corporation, this place is a reminder of the good that money can do.
The building is located a few minutes from downtown Bentonville, AR. The museum is nestled in a valley surrounded by an urban forest. The site was under construction for seven years. The building uses the woods and the Crystal Springs to emphasize how man-made things can adapt to their surroundings.
This photo captures the essence of the museum’s location:
This video provides a view from one of the many walking paths that flow through the grounds:
Speaking to grounds — several major sculptures like this one are situated along side or near the many walking paths:
Ok, so the building is a work of art…what about the works inside the building? Be assured that it is filled with a broad collection of art created by American artists dating back to the American Revolution. Below are several of my favorite works currently on display:
This is “Rosie the Riveter” by Norman Rockwell in 1943:
This a self-portrait completed as a sculpture in 2010 by Evan Penny in 2010 depicting the artist as an old man — he is 59. This unique piece was created using a 3-D printer, clay and even his own hair for the beard and hair:
These are the final pieces I’ll share with you—each depicts Alexander Hamilton who was on of our founding fathers. Rather apropos since a very successful musical based on his life is currently on Broadway. The sculpture is a Ceracchi completed in 1794. The latter painting is by Trumball who completed it in 1791. I don’t see a resemblance–can you?
And it’s worth every cent!