Mysterious Sculptures in Tropical West Palm Beach

Lorea Thomson
Posted by Lorea Thomson
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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the former home of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. Ann was the widow of Ralph Hubbard Norton. The two-acre estate showcases a collection of 250 species of tropical palms adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and next to downtown West Palm Beach. The residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

World-renowned botanist Sir Peter Smithers designed the Gardens as a unique and valuable tropical palm garden. Ann Norton’s monumental, mysterious sculptures built in situ over a period of 15 years were meant to be discovered as surprises amongst the thick, tropical jungle-like vegetation. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the largest tract of botanical garden containing enormous sculptures and it was intentionally designed in a natural, unmanicured style. The experience of coming across Norton’s mysterious monoliths as surprises in their lush green jungle-like setting is akin to discovering another world.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. The organization is devoted to exhibiting works of artists, preserving the founder’s studio, and her historic home, as well as, displaying her monumental sculpture collection in a secluded urban preserve where a notable collection of rare palms is continually being developed.



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