Wednesday, January 16, 2013

North Carolina's Museum Park

In my world, the perfect marriage is between nature and art.  A sculpture framed by landscape is an harmonious blend of man's ingenuity and Mother Earth's glory.  A silver tree towering towards the heavens.  A giant collapsed on a sea of grass.  A whirligig spinning in the wind.  A human figure reflected in a pool of water.  Last week I spent an entire afternoon among such wonders.  A two-mile path behind the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh meanders through grassy fields and woodlands.  There were joggers out running, mothers pushing strollers and slowpoke tourists like me--all enjoying the cool fresh air and the amazing art.
Of course, the museum itself is excellent.  Collections include European Old Masters, African art and contemporary installations.  There are two restaurants, a gift shop and a library stocked with over 40,000 fine-art books--a "must-see" stop on any North Carolina itinerary.

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