black swanRecently, I spent a late afternoon wandering around The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.   It is one of my favorite places to spend time, and I think it is a “must see” for visitors and residents alike.

I took some pictures, but these will never relay how peaceful and lovely it was spending time in the garden that beautiful afternoon, strolling casually with some of the people I love the most.  Besthoff Sculpture Garden b

Rodin Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Besthoff Sculpture Garden a

One of my favorite sculptures in the garden is a sculpture by American artist Alison Saar, Travelin’ Light, 1999, Bronze.

Travelin' Light by Alison Saar, Besthoff Sculpture Garden

From the plaque in front of the sculpture:

This sculpture, by the nationally renowned African American artist Alison Saar is a thought-provoking memorial to victims of terror and violence.  The man, while formally dressed, is presented in a torturous position; yet he appears brave and resolute, preserving his personal dignity.  Saar has made the figure into a bell, inspired by Japanese temple bells, which are rung in purification rites.  When the chain is pulled on the back, a deep, mournful sound is heard.  The title, Travelin’ Light, is taken from a popular Billie Holiday song.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park is one of New Orleans’ treasures, open to the public.  Any day that includes a walk in the garden, is a beautiful day.