A Noguchi Sculpture Garden in Mobile
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"The Museum Loan Network gave our city and our city employees an opportunity
to participate in this exhibit for the city of Mobile. It reaffirmed again
what we define as our strategic plan - to put arts at the center of what
Mobile is, what Mobile should be - this was brought about because MLN gave
us the opportunity to participate in this partnership."
Alfred Stokes, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Mobile
When Joseph Schenk, Director of the Mobile Museum of Art, traveled to
Long Island Cityís Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum to discuss the possible
loan of a Noguchi sculpture, he had no idea that months later he would
be adding a new Japanese garden to the outside of his museum. The collaboration
grew to include not only the Museum Loan Network, the Mobile Museum of
Art, and the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, but also institutions and departments
throughout the city of Mobile. The result was the unveiling in November
1996 of the marble Awakening, the bronze Birdís Song, and
the steel Rain Mountain, three Noguchi sculptures in a Japanese
garden setting that revitalized the museum and city of Mobile.