“The park seems like an archaeological dig, and there are all sorts of discoveries to make—gems embedded into hillsides, snakelike figures tucked into alcoves, sculpture carved from the remnants of dead trees and patterns of stones only noticeable from a distance.”
Programs that take place in the Sculpture Garden include Family Fun Tuesdays and park Tours.
Sculpture Highlight: POMPEII
Like windows peering into a hill, POMPEII depicts the victims of Mount Vesuvius' devastating volcanic eruption nearly 2000 years ago in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The forms of the bodies were preserved by volcanic ash and rediscovered in the 1700's. Excavation has allowed us to see into the lives of these people during the height of the Roman Empire.
POMPEII is an example of Caponi Art Park’s principle of organic unity between nature and art: the hill itself is the sculpture. The panels animate the hill, suggesting an archaeological excavation only partially disclosing what the whole hill contains.
The Science Museum of Minnesota's A Day in Pompeii exhibit and Caponi Art Park partnered in 2007 to promote the awareness of historical Pompeii and its discoveries. Visit POMPEII in person at the Art Park today!
Beyond the Art Park