Baltimore is a city full of culture and history, and its parks are no exception. From the picturesque waterfront trails to the more than 4000 acres of parks throughout the city, there is something for everyone to explore. One of the most popular attractions in Baltimore are its public parks with outdoor sculptures and installations. From Glenstone's electric green trees to the Kreeger Museum's Picasso, Monet, and Washington Color School works, these parks offer a unique experience that can't be found anywhere else.
The scenic Glenstone Trail is a three-mile path that encircles the Potomac Museum campus. It is home to electric green trees that seem to generate their own light, as well as magenta flowers that reach up to the sky and purple petals in the shape of a star. Although it may appear to be a natural landscape, it is actually carefully controlled and regulated. The trees are planted in rigid lines and the flowers have regulated roots.
Despite this, it is still possible to lose oneself in the beauty of Glenstone. The Kreeger Museum is another popular destination for outdoor sculptures and installations. It was originally the residence of philanthropist David Lloyd Kreeger, but now houses his art collection. It includes works by Picasso, Monet, and members of the Washington Color School. The museum also hosts popular events such as the WTMD First Thursday concerts and the Baltimore Seafood Festival. Optical Gardens is another unique outdoor sculpture park in Baltimore.
It was designed by Drugan and Laura Haddad, two artists who are building a national reputation for creating art that tells a story about where it is found. These works are not typically found in an urban landscape. The Baltimore Museum of Art has two separate adjacent sculpture gardens which are linked by a door. They feature works from artists such as Rodin and Nicholas Rogers, who was a veteran of the American Revolution and known for planting many of the trees in the park. The museum also has t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts featuring the Visit Baltimore logo. The park also has a swimming pool that is open in summer, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, softball fields, and indoor ice skating courts that are only open in winter.
It was created on city-owned land and funded by Baltimore's One Percent for Art program. Whether you're looking for a picturesque waterfront trail or an outdoor sculpture park full of unique works of art, Baltimore has something for everyone to explore. From Glenstone's electric green trees to the Kreeger Museum's Picasso, Monet, and Washington Color School works, these parks offer a unique experience that can't be found anywhere else.