The Rodin Sculpture Garden contains a selection of 20 Rodin bronzes on the beautiful Stanford University campus. We visited the garden, which is free and open to the public, on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon. The garden is just outside the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The sculptures are stunning and laid out in a very meticulous pattern leaving plenty of space to fully appreciate each piece. We had a guided tour of the sculpture garden by a local expert (times on web site) and were encouraged to appreciate the close attention to detail given by Rodin to each figure, facial expression and curve of every limb. We spent quite a while admiring each piece, and were encouraged to touch the spectacular bronze pieces outside in the fresh air. Our favourite Rodin work is "The Thinker" (quite appropriate in a high-level academic institution!) and his "Burghers of Calais". The "Gates of Hell" are bronze doorways depicting scenes of Hades, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch' "Last Judgment", which is a bit scary, and fronted by "Adam" and "Eve". There are also numerous smaller pieces inside the adjacent Cantor Arts Center. There is an amazingly informal lack of rules and regulations about the sculpture garden, which is open at all hours with lighting for nighttime viewing, There are no guards there to direct people not to touch the sculptures; this is art for all people to enjoy, which happens so rarely in real life.
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