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Rain Mountain was sculpted by Isamu Noguchi (1904 - 1988) an American born artist and completed 1982-1983. The garden is graced by four of his sculptures. The sculpture is composed of bronze plate and was given to the museum by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. The sculpture looks like tall rounded shapes cut out of sheet metal and attached together with a horizontal band. My first thought was freaky, metal surfboards.
Rain Mountain (1982–83) is the only steel structure among the PMA’s Noguchi loans. Tall and thin, the four dripping figures that emerge from—or melt into—the ground are intersected about two-thirds of the way up by a rectangle that sharply contrasts with their curving projections. The severe juxtapositions reminded me of Noguchi’s designs for Judith (1950), with its geometrically printed screens stretched in a line across the stage, and Clytemnestra, where a series of metallic forms vertically pierce the dance space.
The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden is located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the elevated terrace adjacent to landscape architectural firm Olin’s gorgeous Sol LeWitt garden.
There are many beautiful works of art using all sorts of mediums spread throughout this terraced area on the Museum's west end. Located on top of a brand new parking facility, this artfully landscaped green “gallery without walls” is located between the Azalea Garden and the museum’s West Entrance. This area overlooks the river and the Fairmount Water Works. There always seems to be something new added as recently two new members joined the sculpture club. The garden is dedicated to the museum’s late director Anne d’Harnoncourt, and reflects her passions for art and the city of Philadelphia. the sculpture garden is open to the public throughout museum hours.