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A Fresh Look at an Iconic Landscape: The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA

UCLA's Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden will be a focus of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What's Out There Weekend (November 8-9), featuring the long and fruitful career of Los Angeles landscape architect, Ralph Dalton Cornell.


Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Ralph Cornell was the campus landscape architect at UCLA and was responsible for the look and feel of the campus as it expanded beyond the Royce Quadrangle. Cornell's signature plantings of Canary Island pines, Eucalyptus, and sycamores continue to give UCLA a beautiful and distinctive landscape character.


Cornell's best-loved work, the Sculpture Garden, lies at the heart of the north campus, where it took the place of a parking lot.


Preparing for The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA
Preparing for The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA

The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA Completed
The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA Completed

The process of this transformation will be discussed on a tour co-led by Lisa Gimmy and Leslie Cozzi, Curatorial Associate of the Grunwald Center Collection at the Hammer Museum. Additionally, they will be bringing to light the little-known design contributions made by Cornell's partner, Howard Troller, and sculptor Malcolm Leland. Leland, best known for his architectural pottery and facades for the Los Angeles County Hall of Records and the American Cement Company Building, collaborated with the landscape architecture team and designed the bridge that forms the connection between Bunche Hall and Dickson Art Center.


More information and registration for this free event on Saturday, November 8th can be found on the TCLF website.



The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA

The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA Entrance

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