NOMA To Break Ground On Six-Acre Expansion of Sculpture Garden


NEW ORLEANS – More outdoor art sculptures, an outdoor amphitheater and stage are coming to City Park.

Adding on to the success of The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art has announced a six-acre expansion of the garden that will also include pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery and an outdoor learning environment.

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The sculpture garden expansion will be privately funded. It is slated for an area of land adjacent to the museum next to the Big Lake across Franklin D. Roosevelt Mall.

“This significant undertaking reinforces NOMA’s integral role in serving the diverse communities of New Orleans,” said Susan Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of NOMA. “Like the beloved current sculpture garden, the expanded sculpture garden and new gallery will be free and open to the public seven days a week.”

Construction will take place late 2017 to early 2018 and will go through winter 2018. The anticipated completion in winter of 2018 will coincide within a year of New Orleans’ tricentennial celebrations.

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The current sculpture garden displays 64 pieces of public art. The new space will include commissioned pieces in a Contemporary 21st century style.

The pieces will be displayed in an open lawn, under tree canopies, across open water and on cypress islands all connected by pedestrian bridges. NOMA, in collaboration with Reed-Hilderbrand and Lee Ledbetter & Associates, will plant hundreds of trees, palmettos and shrubs to the site and will employ the best water and soil management practices.

NOMA plans to offer film screenings, theater productions, musical performances, events, tours and city-wide festivals at the space. An outdoor classroom at the north edge of the garden will provide a flexible and informal gathering space, offering opportunities for classes, special projects and enrichment.

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For More Information, visit or follow along with NOMA’s progress on Instagram here.

-By Jenny Peterson, Associate News Editor, Biz New Orleans

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