In the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center, we display nature-inspired art which rotates throughout the year. Find out what’s on display now.
Nestled within our botanical collections you’ll find these permanent installations:
In the F. R. Newman Arboretum:
The Sculpture Garden: These nine abstract, ten-ton concrete sculptures were created in the 1960s by Cornell undergraduate architecture students. under the guidance of the late Jack Squier, professor of fine arts.
Hyperbolic Paraboloid: This thin, saddle-like reinforced-concrete sculpture was designed and built by an architecture class in the 1960s
The Goldsworthy Holocaust Memorial:Created by famed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, the installation at Cornell Botanic Gardens is an extension of the Garden of Stones exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Three of the four granite boulders are hollowed and contain a dwarf chestnut oak (Quercus prinoides).
Lightwave Bench: Designed by two Cornell students, this bench is made up of 264 black locust posts assembled to create a variety of seating alcoves and was inspired by the constant motion of water breaking through rock.
Gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center
Yarb Woman: This sculpture of a woman stooping to gather herbs embodies all those —past, present, and future—who seek herbal wisdom.
Sod Sofa: Cornell students in the Art of Horticulture Class shaped a mix of soil and compost to form comfortable spots to sit, then covered the foundation with rolls of sod.
Find their locations on our interactive map. Filter by “sculpture.”