Created in 2007, this garden features 28 modern and contemporary sculptures collected by film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran. The garden comprises three distinct outdoor spaces: the Sculpture Garden at the foot of the hill, the Sculpture Terrace adjacent to the museum’s West Pavilion, and the Lower Terrace Garden adjacent to Robert Irwin’s Central Garden. Set into the existing Getty Center landscapes, these new gardens were designed with specific sculptures in mind by Dennis McGlade and Allan Spulecki of OLIN in conjunction with Michael Palladino and Alex Wuo of Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
The Sculpture Garden, encompassing 23,636 square feet, sits atop a parking structure near the main funicular entrance and offers a contemplative space with secluded seating, fountains, and views of the city skyline. The garden begins with Henry Moore’s Bronze Form rising out of a shallow reflecting pool; a broad lawn to the north displays Isamu Noguchi’s The Tent of Holofernes, while a series of outdoor rooms to the south feature raised planting beds, paths, and allées bounded by stretches of high wall frame sculptures by Elisabeth Frink, Henry Moore, Peter Shelton, and Joan Miró.
The Sculpture Terrace serves as a veranda atop the museum building, with staggered steps and raised platforms that function as plinths for sculptural works by Barbara Hepworth, René Magritte, and Henry Moore. The Lower Terrace Garden offers expansive views of the Los Angeles skyline and features six works, including works by George Rickey, Alexander Calder and Mark di Suvero.