The Nelson’s New Lawn Ornaments

Rendering of the completed installation


It’s that time of year when many of us are focusing attention on beautifying our lawns and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is no different. Well, except that the museum has a much larger lawn to decorate.

This week, the Nelson has started installation of four colossal new sculptures on its front lawn that may look familiar. Created by artist and filmmaker Philip Haas, the whimsical 15-ft. sculptures are based on Italian painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s Renaissance-era work, “The Four Seasons,” a series of portraits in which various seasonal fruits and vegetables form the shape of the faces.


"The Four Seasons" by Guiseppe Arcimboldo
“The Four Seasons” by Guiseppe Arcimboldo


The sculptures, originally constructed in Haas’ native Great Britain, are being reassembled on the Nelson’s lawn this week ahead of the artist’s visit on Thursday, April 28. During the free presentation in the museum’s Atkins Auditorium, Haas will discuss the inspiration and process behind his sculptures.


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“The Four Seasons” sculptures will remain on the lawn through October 18. Check the Nelson-Atkins website for details on other related events.

 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  |  4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64111  | Open Wed – Sun





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