The Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden inside the Eric Johnson Memorial Gardens at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert features significant sculptures surrounded by four acres of beautifully sculpted, rolling terrain. Set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis replete with water features, native plants, and winding walkways, the sculpture garden houses the art of modern masters, including works by Felipe Castaneda, Betty GoldDonald JuddDave McGary, Jesús Bautista Moroles, Dan Namingha, Gio Pomodoro, and Yehiel Shemi.




THE GARDEN'S HISTORY:

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Welcome to the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, set within the Eric Johnson Memorial Gardens at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Created as a lushly landscaped desert oasis replete with water features, native plants, and winding walkways dotted with natural rock benches, the sculpture garden showcases incredible works of art.

The Gardens were named in honor of Eric Johnson, an expert horticulturist and landscape designer. Johnson’s pioneering work with lush, colorful, water-efficient plants, earned him the name, "Landscape Guru" of the Coachella Valley. The Memorial Gardens first opened in 2006, and a major expansion added more than 144,000 square feet and a host of new plants and features. The pathway of chipped blue glass is designed to evoke a bubbling stream that leads visitors through towering palm trees and massive boulders.

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert opened in March 2012. Its 8,400-square-foot building, named The Galen, presents art, programs, and exhibitions. The interior of the building houses galleries for exhibits as well as the Annette Bloch Education Wing. The building itself is architecturally significant in not only its design but also in the fact that it was the first new LEED Certified, SILVER rated building constructed in Southern California, a designation used to identify high performance "green" buildings.



GARDEN MAP:

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