When it comes to the attractions of the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, I’d have to list my favorite as Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Garden.
Now I like pancake houses and miniature golf as much as the next guy, but you all know that Kris and I are real suckers for art. Especially when the display of that art is so unexpected, refreshing, and new to us. Because, honestly, we’d never heard of all the American sculptors whose work is displayed at Brookgreen Gardens, and we were so glad to make the introductions.
The collection contains over 2,000 works by 425 artists and contains almost exclusively figurative art–that is, human and animal figures from nature, history, and mythology. I’m especially fond of figures from the classical mythology field, being the classics geek that I am.
Oh, and the gardens and fountains themselves are spectacular.
All in all, the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Gardens are a real American gem, and worth making a special trip to this part of South Carolina to spend a delightful morning wandering in them.
Here are some photos from the Gardens. Sorry I’m not more of an expert on American sculpture but if you’d like to know more, perhaps try one of these books.
If you’re interested in some more photos and info on the Brookgreen sculptures, here’s a fairly comprehensive list with pictures.
And you’ll find some other views of Myrtle Beach here.
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