It was Field Trip Friday. The kids were in the mood for something out of the ordinary. A trip, perhaps? I suggested the zoo- there were some excited kids. I suggested this random sculpture garden Bonnie had mentioned once- no one voted for that one. I suggested going to the sculpture gardens followed up with a trip to Bruges Waffles & Frites in Salt Lake and ordering a huge cone of fries with dipping sauces- everyone voted for it. Buckle up- this sculpture garden is a wild ride.
Gilgal Garden: Sculptures by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr
“Most Salt Lake City residents have never heard of Gilgal Garden, or the sculptures. Neither did many of Child’s neighbors know what was in his backyard in the mid-twentieth century. Child often said that he hoped the garden would “inspire viewers to ponder the unsolved mysteries of life and struggle to find their own answers.” Well aware that many people thought Gilgal Garden was strange, he still hoped they would accept its challenge. “You don’t have to agree with me,” he explained. “You may think I am a nut, but I hope I have aroused your thinking and curiosity.” (1)
First of all, there is not a lot of information out there about these sculptures. I thought there would be plaques by each one, explaining what the artist was thinking. Nothing. There are sometimes random scriptures etched in stone at your feet, not attached to the work and it leaves you wandering if this is a clue to what he was thinking or if this is just an unrelated thought that he liked.