The Josephine Sculpture Park is a whole new way to experience art. Instead of looking and not touching, kids are invited to climb onto and into the sculptures! The sculpture park’s director, Melanie Van Houten, loved to visit this place and roam the fields when she was a kid. It was her grandparent’s farm.
When Melanie grew up and became a sculptor, she visited a sculpture park in Minnesota. She knew right away that she wanted to create a sculpture park on the land that had been her grandparent’s farm.
She invites artists to create sculptures for the park. Sometimes the artists work with local high school students to create a group sculpture. Most of the sculptures are meant to be temporary, so there is always something new to see at the park. Visitors can wander along walking paths through the meadows to see – and sometimes climb on – over thirty different sculptures. The park is free and open every day from dawn to disk. Several times a year there are special events, plays, or workshops, but every day is an adventure at the Josephine Sculpture Park. Be sure to allow time after a visit to the sculpture park to encourage your children to create their own sculptures from whatever materials you have at hand!