Donald M Kendall Sculpture Garden
yourself strolling a vast manicured and cultivated garden. Great lawns give way to intimate spaces, banks of shrubs
and carefully planted groves of trees control you view
and direct your attention. Scattered through the garden
are some of the most important monumental sculptures,
framed by water and the landscape. Round a corner in
the path and a Henry Moore looms before you. Stroll
further and a Segal grouping greets you. Your attention
is torn between the absolute beauty of the garden and
the extraordinary beauty of the sculptures.
This is the Kendall Sculpture Garden
located at the PepsiCo World Headquarters at Purchase.
One of the great corporate giants of the world, PepsiCo
Headquarters is situated within a vast park, surrounded
by 160 acres of manicured gardens and groves of carefully
planted trees. Scattered in the garden are more than
40 sculptures situated in small intimate spaces, out
on the lawns and surrounding the lake. As you walk the
circular path around the gardens you stumble on vistas
and art, enter small spaces and emerge into sun bright
lawns. Everywhere you wander you are provided with changing
plantings and scenery of extraordinary beauty.
Smaller pieces by Henry Moore, Seymour
Lipton, Henri Laurens, and others fill the building's
courtyard, which is shaded by trees and filled with
flowers and a central fountain. Monumental works, including
pieces by Alexander Calder, George Segal, Isamu Noguchi,
Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, and
David Smith, are spaced throughout the grounds. A "Golden
Path," the inspiration of Russell Page, winds its
way past the sculptures and through the various landscapes,
offering walkers an opportunity to see the art - both
natural and manmade - from many perspectives.
The grounds include a lake; a stream
garden; lily ponds; an iris garden and perennial garden;
two woodland gardens; topiary; and groves of birch,
oak, sequoia, and many other species. A detailed map
of the sculpture garden is available at the Visitor
Center. Picnicking is allowed in a designated area.
The public is invited to enjoy the
gardens surrounding the corporate headquarters. All
you have to do is follow the sometimes confusing little
signs to the parking area reserved for garden visitors.
Approach the kiosk and get your map, then stroll at
your own pace through the gardens. You'll have a wonderful
time exploring the gardens and appreciating the sculptures.
Enjoy a lazy afternoon walking and pausing. Then go
back at a different time of year and see the incredible
Summer - 7am to 7pm.
Winter - 7am to 4pm.