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   Alice Adams

African Garden


African Garden

Completion Date:



Cast iron, steel, wood


16" x 15" x 5'3"


P.S. 12


40 Howard Avenue, Brooklyn


Perkins & Will

Sponsor Agency:

Department of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Alice Adams designed a schoolyard garden and seating area between two playgrounds at P.S. 12. Inspired by African design and woodwork, African Garden includes fourteen cast-iron fabricated steel and wooden seats surrounded by various plantings flanking a path. The sculptural qualities of the fabricated components emphasize and pay homage to the richness and formal diversity of traditional gardens and garden furniture.

About the Artist...
Born in New York City and educated at Columbia University and L'Ecole Nationale d'Art Decoratif in Aubusson, France, Alice Adams' numerous awards and grants include: a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants in sculpture, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in sculpture. She has taught at Manhattanville College, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has completed sculptural works for the Denver International Airport, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth in Middletown, Connecticut. She has also been involved in mass transit projects for the Downtown Seattle Transit Project, St. Louis MetroLink, New York City MTA Arts for Transit, and the Midland Metro in Birmingham, England.

Artist Quote...
Each African Garden seat is different, each a separate sculpture and a seat at the same time. I liked them so much when they were finished that I hated to give them away. In the end, however, I was satisfied that I had made a whole new place for the children of the school, when I saw that they had taken over the garden as their own.
-- Adams, 1994