Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park
Closed for Phase Two Construction. Will Reopen Summer of 2017
Phase two, final construction of the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park will continue through summer 2017. Last fall the Sculpture Park was graded to create a central valley and berms were added for the display of sculptures. A natural stone amphitheater will be constructed for concerts, poetry readings, and tour groups; additional lighted and paved pathways will be added; more limestone seating elements will be installed; trees, shrubs, and grasses will be planted; and a main entrance will be established at the corner of Angela Boulevard and Eddy Street.
Sculptures will include reinstallation of Richard Hunt’s Maquette for Wing Generator, reinstallation of two Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures (currently on view at the Vero Beach Museum of Art), installation of a Jaume Plensa sculpture that was recently acquired by Snite Museum Advisory Council members Bill and Julie Ballard, and placement of a commissioned, site-specific public artwork designed by artist Philip Rickey.
Noted American landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh immediately appreciated the site’s serendipitous qualities produced from past neglect. It enjoys rolling topography because it was once a landfill. Mature trees were likely planted to hide the dump and their lofty canopy is the result of aggressive pruning to clear unsightly underbrush. The water element is a retention pond for runoff from acres of adjacent Stadium parking.
The fortuitous evolution of this Notre Dame site from historic disregard to future natural beauty suggested the overarching theme for both park and inaugural exhibition: Reclaiming Our Nature. This refers not only to sculptures selected to celebrate the natural environment, but also to others acquired to acknowledge humankind’s universal desire for spiritual transcendence.
A Fine Arts District for Notre Dame
The Sculpture Park is part of a larger vision for this southern entrance to campus:
Creating a fine arts district. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park are in place; the School of Architecture building is under construction just north of the Sculpture Park; a new art museum building will be constructed within the Sculpture Park; and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design will also one day be located within this fine arts district. Peer institutions, such as Stanford University, have created fine arts districts because they understand important cultural offerings are necessary to attract and retain the best students and faculty.
Creating a literal gateway to the local community. In addition to sharing arts resources with the local community, this sector of campus features parking, retail, hotel, and dining options found within Eddy Street Commons. The Compton Family Ice Arena has one rink dedicated to regional youth hockey. Innovation Center makes connections between Notre Dame researchers and regional entrepreneurs.
Creating a “greenbelt” at the southern campus entrance. Driving west on Angela Boulevard, one sees the meadow that circles the Compton Family Ice Arena, the natural landscape within the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, the Irish Green great lawn, tree-lined Notre Dame Avenue, and Cedar Grove Cemetery. This “greenbelt” creates a gracious, natural southern entrance to campus.
Creating a sacred space. The theme of the Sculpture Park exhibition is Reclaiming our Nature. This not only refers to creative transformation of an historic landfill to a wetlands and prairie, but also to the selection of some sculptures to express humankind’s universal desire for spiritual transcendence.
Video Interviews with Artists and Landscape Architects
Reclaiming our Nature