The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens were established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. An urban sanctuary of almost two acres, you can find Norton’s historic house with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures, and tropical gardens that have 250 types of palms.
Displayed throughout the house, studio, and gardens are more than 100 works. The gardens have lush vegetation with a jungle feeling. There are even rare caterpillars that were once on the brink of extinction. You'll feel like you're in another world.
Ann Norton was born in Selma, Alabama in 1905. She started drawing when she was five years old and had already begun to sculpt by the age of eight! As a young woman, Ann moved to New York to study at various art institutions. Throughout her career, she participated in exhibitions in New York, Rome, Paris, Miami, and (of course) West Palm Beach. Ann lived and worked in West Palm Beach for 34 years until she passed away in 1982.
While there are many pieces of art in the sculpture gardens, keep an eye out for the nine monumental works. These pieces, in particular, were created by Norton over a span of roughly 20 years. The final piece was completed in 1984, after the artist's death. The first monumental work, titled "Seven Beings", was sculpted from granite. The remaining eight are made of brick.
When visiting the sculpture gardens, you can also explore Ann Norton's home and studio. Several works in bronze, stone, and wood can be found throughout.
Learn more about Ann Weave Norton and her work in this YouTube video:
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are open Wednesday–Sunday from10am–4pm. Master Garden Talks are available at 10am on Wednesdays. Tours are available at 11am on Wednesdays and 2pm on Sundays. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays.
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