Lynden Sculpture Garden Announces First Family Free Sunday, July 13

June 30, 2014

Mortara Instrument to Sponsor Family Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Lynden Sculpture Garden, located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road in Milwaukee, announces its first Free Family Sunday. Scheduled for Sunday, 13 July 2014 from 12 noon to 5 pm, the day will offer hands-on art and nature activities, entertainment and tours--or just a chance to pack a picnic and visit the sculpture garden's 40 acres and 50 monumental sculptures. Thanks to the generosity of Mortara Instrument, admission will be free that day and free shuttles will run between the garden, the Port Washington & Brown Deer stop of the Route 63 bus, and the Brown Deer exit Park & Ride.

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"This is a day when new visitors can discover one of Milwaukee's hidden gems and get a taste of all the things we do at Lynden," notes Board President Sarah Zimmerman. Lynden staff and volunteers will be offering drop-in hands-on art and nature activities. Visitors will be able to make zip-line sculptures, stick toys, felt marbles, and tiny rafts and origami boats to float on the lake; create chalk drawings on trees; or join a rambling, garden-wide game of Capture the Flag.

The Skai Academy Band, visiting Milwaukee locations on their 2014 Ice Scream Summer Tour, will provide two musical interludes, and ceramicist Heather Eiden will offer an introduction to yoga.

Many of Lynden's current artists-in-residence will be taking part. Yevgeniya Kaganovich will offer a grow workshop in which participants can help her "grow" the next planting of her durational installation made from recycled plastic bags. Dan Torop, who has been living at Lynden for several extended periods over the past year, and spending long periods--particularly at night--outdoors, will lead a tour to the spots he finds particularly intriguing on the Lynden grounds. Some of the artist-led activities connect to upcoming projects at Lynden: Kim Miller will team up with Jenna Knapp for two "Conversations with Sculptures." These informal Conversations anticipate the arrival of Trisha Brown Dance Company on July 27, and offer a series of movement prompts and exercises designed to introduce you to Trisha Brown's approach to movement--particularly the pedestrian movement that is a hallmark of the "Early Works" that will be performed at Lynden--and the way we use our bodies in motion to explore and understand a single monumental sculpture (in this case, Forrest Myers's Quartet).

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic or enjoy the food from the Simmer truck.

"The Free Family Sunday program is designed to make Lynden accessible to everyone in our community," continues Sarah Zimmerman. Lynden's entrance fee and its distance from public transportation (particularly on weekends) can create barriers to participation. "We may be 15 minutes from downtown by car, but we're only 20 minutes from the city's northwest side by bus, and 10 minutes from Bayshore. It's the extra walk across Brown Deer Road that can be daunting." If the first Free Family Sunday is a success, and Lynden is able to attract additional sponsors, the plan is to expand the program from one Sunday this summer, to as many as four Sundays in 2015 and ultimately to a year-round monthly program.

Transportation Details
We will be running free shuttle busses between the garden, the MCTS #63 bus stop at Port Washington and Brown Deer Road, and the Park & Ride west of I-43 at the Brown Deer exit. Shuttles will meet eastbound Route 63 busses at the bus stop on the east side of Port Washington Road at Brown Deer Road beginning at 11:55 am; and will drop off passengers at the bus stop on the west side of Port Washington Road at Brown Deer Road to meet westbound Route 63 busses beginning at 12:40 pm.

The Lynden parking lot will be reserved for bus drop-off and drivers with disabilities. If you are a community group organizing a bus trip to Lynden, you will be able to drop passengers at Lynden and lay over in the Park & Ride.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm; Wednesday from 10 am to 7:30 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm (closed Thursdays). Memberships are available. More information: or 414.446.8794.

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