Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's art collection includes the Lee W. Lenz Sculpture Collection. The first sculpture was installed in the Garden in the 1980s. As the collection grows and evolves over time, it will continue to add vibrancy and excitement to the Garden.
by John Svenson
Located at the main entrance of the Garden.
The artist had long been known for his love of nature evident throughout his large body of work. Here the figures in the two intaglio panels represent divisions of the plant kingdom, gymnosperms (conifers and cycads) and angiosperms (flowering plants). The artist lives in Upland. Concrete. Gift of Pomona College.
by Kristan Marvell
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, near the California Courtyard.
Dedicated to the ancient bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva) growing at high elevations in the White Mountains of Inyo County, California. One living tree is more than 5,000 years old, but many are now silent sentinels. One author wrote that walking through the bristlecone forest was like walking in a modern sculpture garden. The artist, originally from Oregon, now lives in Los Angeles, where he has a studio and foundry. Bronze. Gift of Dr. Lee W. Lenz.
by Fredrick Gregory
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, in the California Cultivar Garden.
The title derives from the two abstract forms of the piece that remain separate. A landscape architect, Gregory was the first in California to employ large boulders, influenced to some extent by a Tokyo based master rockman. He later became a friend of the famed Japanese sculptor, Isamu Noguchi. On moving to Brazil, Gregory learned stone cutting from Brazilian masters and created his first sculptures. Now living in Carmel Valley, he is one of a few artists who works exclusively with granite. He is also a writer and poet. Gift of Dr. Lenz.
by Khang Pham-New
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, near the Trustees Oak Grove.
The term Escutcheon usually applies to a shield but it can also be a variously shaped surface, here a biomorphic abstract sculpture. Khang at the age of 12 was a Vietnamese refugee later adopted by an Australian family living in Canada. He studied art in Toronto and after returning to Vietnam became a sculptor. He lives and works in Vietnam. Yellow granite. Gift of Dr. Lenz.
by Bruce Beasley
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom.
Recognized as one of the nation’s foremost sculptors, the artist’s life-long attraction to geometric abstraction resulted from his boyhood discovery of a 100-year-old German book on crystallography. He lives and works in Oakland. Bronze. On loan.
by Gene Flores
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, in the Upper Pond.
While living in a remote area in the Tehachapi Mountains the young artist created a series of bird sculptures, realistic and imaginary. The piece installed in the Garden is one of the imaginary birds. The artist lives and works in Massachusetts. Corten steel. Gift of Dr. Lenz.
by Aldo Casanova
Located on Indian Hill Mesa, in the riparian habitat.
According to the artist the title is not intended to be taken in a biblical sense but rather a primordial notion of the miracle of birth. Casanova, an emeritus professor of art at Scripps College, lives in Claremont. Gift of the artist.