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Rancho Sienna News

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05 May . 2016

Liberty Hill Sculpture Garden a Texas cultural treasure

Liberty Hill is known for its friendly hometown atmosphere, highly regarded schools and down-home restaurants like Dahlia Café. But did you know that Liberty Hill also has a cultural jewel that would make any big city envious?

The Liberty Hill Sculpture Garden, located on Main Street next to Liberty Hill Intermediate School, is home to 25 larger-than-life sculptures created by artists from six countries in 1976.

The story of the sculpture garden is a tale of the big ideas and small-town neighborliness that still comfortably coexist here in the Texas Hill Country.

In 1976, the year of the United States bicentennial, local Liberty Hill artist Mel Fowler had the idea of inviting sculptors from all over the world to come to his town and create monumental sculptures out of native Texas granite and limestone, concrete and steel. 

Fowler had just returned from a similar event in Europe, and thought a local version would be healing for a nation that was still recovering from recent political scandals and war. He called it the 1976 International Sculpture Symposium, and it was the first event of its kind in the Southwest.

With no outside funding, the residents of Liberty Hill came together to host the visiting artists in their homes and took turns cooking for them. Sculpture materials were donated by local businesses.

The artists worked for two months and then returned home, but their sculptures remained, creating an inspirational cultural treasure located less than seven miles from Rancho Sienna.

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