Outdoor Sculpture: The Stuart Collection

In 1981 an extraordinary partnership was formed between the University of California, San Diego, and the Stuart Foundation, an organization founded by James Stuart DeSilva and dedicated to funding experimental and challenging public sculpture projects.The result has been one of the nation’s most distinctive collections of outdoor sculpture. So far, 15 site-specific works by some of the most important artists of our time have been sited throughout the UCSD campus in La Jolla. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the collection, Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego, (featuring photographs of the works and essays by Robert Storr and Mary Livingstone Beebe director of the collection since its founding) will be co-published by the Stuart Collection and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. The selection of artists is based on the advice of the Stuart Foundation Advisory Committee, which is composed of art professionals of international stature. Many of the artists are associated with movements or styles seldom represented in public sculpture collections, and many have created their first permanent outdoor sculpture for the Stuart Collection.

Robert Irwin, Two Running Violet V Forms, 1983. Chain link fencing, stainless steel, and ice plant, average 25 ft. high.
Kiki Smith, Standing, 1998. Bronze, concrete, and mixed-media fountain.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Sun God, 1983. Concrete base, fiberglass, and steel, 29 ft. high.
William Wegman, La Jolla Vista View, 1988. Mixed media
Elizabeth Murray, Red Shoe, 1996. Wood and paint.

Terry Allen, Trees, 1986. Eucalyptus trees, lead, and sound, approximately 40 ft. high..
Alexis Smith, Snake Path (detail of garden paradise), 1998. Slate and concrete, 560 ft. long.
Alexis Smith, Snake Path, 1998. Slate and concrete, 560 ft. long.
Bruce Nauman, Vice and Virtues, 1988. Neon and steel armature, 7 ft. high letters.
Jackie Ferrara, Terrace, 1991. Slate, gravel, benches, and Australian willows, 270 ft. long.