Comprised of 175 acres of land that includes formal gardens and forested areas, creeks, trails, and lookouts to hideouts, Montalvo's grounds generate inspiration from artists who visit. Throughout the year, artists will be invited to explore the reaches of outdoor public sculpture with site-specific work or art interventions on the property, while others may explore the environment by exhibiting their existing sculptural works. The community is invited to contribute to the creative process through participation in the installation of certain site-specific works, and visitors are always welcome to explore the grounds and view the sculptures. Beginning in late 2010, Montalvo began acquiring works to be permanent sculptures placed on the grounds for visitors to view year round.
Art on the Grounds is open to the public for viewing during Montalvo's normal park hours, Monday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm and Friday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW:
By David Middlebrook
Broken Wing (2004) is a bronze work that represents objects, often taken for granted, that are depended upon as part of our daily routine - like a wing ...
By Cameron Hockenson
Cameron Hockenson's environmental artwork is concerned with the vernacular landscape and issues of biocultural diversity. His sculptures and site-specific installations address place as an outgrowth of ...
By Amy Trachtenberg
The Creekside Studio is an outdoor environment designed for communal gathering, art making and engaging with nature. This new space at Montalvo was produced by landscape architect ...
Edible Dress Tent
By Robin Lasser, Adrienne Pao
Bay Area-based artists Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao have created an edible dress tent that acts both as wearable architecture and a living sculpture. Part of a ...
This wood and bamboo structure was created by students in our fort-building camp. Its shape is inspired by a seafaring vessel.
Fountain of Life
By Kenny Scharf
This blue tendril-like water fountain combines cartoon-like features with abstract biomorphic shapes that evoke living forms like plants and bodies. While LA-based artist Kenny Scharf often uses ...
From Within, So Without
By Ali Naschke-Messing
Upon arrival in the Lucas Artists Residency Program, Ali Naschke-Messing was immediately drawn to the enormous Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii) on the Great Lawn and was inspired ...
By Owen Driggs
With engineering by Johnny Chen and Art OkadaDid you know that grizzly bears used to live in Montlavo’s woods? Have you ever wondered which trees are ...
Montalvo Tripletree Treehouse
Over the course of a week, students set out to design and build a hideout in the trees. They employed various building techniques using specific tools to ...
By Steven Siegel
Over a three-week period beginning September 2005, Steven Siegel created this monumental sculpture, Stories of Katrina, on the front lawn by the Bunya Pine tree, and a ...
"O California, best beloved land"
By Ann Weber
California artist Ann Weber transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds and organic spires. "O California, best beloved land" was ...
By Steven Simon
Steven Simon’s sculpture is both a functional series of benches and a text-based intervention on the Great Lawn. Spelling out the word “Place,” Simon’s benches ...
By Julia Jacobson
Informed by observations of natural landscapes, Jacobson’s sculptures convey artificial construction as a natural phenomenon referencing both modern industrial construction and layers of geological erosion. In ...
By Allison Wiese
Using appropriated language taken from mid-20th-century pop culture, movies, and novels, Wiese’s sign-based sculpture features a rotating series of texts, including pick-up lines such as “Here ...
Wildcat Bridge was built over Wildcat Creek, which runs through Montalvo's property near the Lucas Artists Residency and the Creekside Studio. It was build by kids ...