Although I am huge advocate for taking children to art museums early and often, I know that stuffy art galleries and silly kids are often not a good mix. That’s not to say that it isn’t worth the effort, but there is a certain amount of “girding your loins” involved in keeping young kids contained and sane in an art museum. Sometimes moms just can’t muster the intestinal fortitude for the task. That’s why I love, love outdoor art exhibits. Outdoor exhibits were made for little kids. The outdoors provides room for their bodies and space for their voices and the art is creative fuel for their little brains. The Texas Sculpture Garden certainly fits the bill.
The city of Frisco, just on the cusp of the metropolis of Dallas, is a bustling business district with new business springing up overnight. Hall Office Park offers a notable exception to the capitalism that is present in so many other business decisions. The office complex was designed with the art as the centerpiece. Over four acres of land are dedicated to showcasing the work of artists living and working in Texas. More enjoyably, the sculptures are showcased in a tranquil landscape with fountains and lush landscapes as a fitting background.
Behind this unique design concept is Mr. Craig Hall, a long time art collector. When asked why he chose to use this prime real estate for art rather than commerce, he replied with this. “From our corporate headquarters…I would rather see people enjoying a world class art display out my window. I know of no gas station that can touch your soul or move you to contemplate the meaning of one’s existence.” I am afraid that I sound like an infomercial for Mr. Hall and his office complex. It is just so refreshing to encounter a businessman with an eye on something greater than the bottom line, so I guess I am a little bit gushy.
The boys were thrilled to enjoy the sculpture and surrounding beauty on this sunny day. The winding trails gave way to discussions about what kind of art they liked and didn’t like. We took turns making up new names for each sculpture. And of course there was the usual discussion about whether a hole in the ground can be art just because they say it’s art or if it takes more than just a placard to make a masterpiece.
We enjoyed the gardens until we couldn’t walk any longer, and we still hadn’t seen every sculpture. I look forward to returning again for a leisurely walk enjoying the art and surroundings. And Mr. Hall, if you were looking out your window today, I hope you saw that our souls were indeed touched.
Know Before You Go:
- The outdoor sculptures are open from dawn to dusk
- Admission is free
- And indoor sculpture museum is also available for touring