Enjoy viewing an eclectic, unique collection of public sculpture while getting the benefits of refreshing outdoor exercise by taking a free guided Sculpture Walk tour. The Rockford Park District’s award-winning two-mile scenic walk and organized 1½-hour (approximately) tour along the Rock River Recreation Path departs once a month June-September, 2019 on select dates (weather permitting)at 9:30 am from the Nicholas Conservatory lobby, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, IL, and features 16 sculptures, some of which are works by local artists, and many of which were donated to the Park District.
Scheduled tour dates for 2019 are June 6, July 7, August 1, and September 5.
The tour is intended to connect people with the art along the Rock River Recreation Path. The Rockford Park District, in cooperation with Rockford Art Museum and the Art in the Parks Committee, is committed to providing high quality public art for the community to enjoy, contemplate, and explore. No registration is required; walking shoes and a bottle of water are recommended. Participants should dress for the weather.
Additional works of art can be viewed inside the Conservatory, where daily admission fees apply. The public can also take self-guided tours by picking up a free Public Art Walking Tour brochure inside the Conservatory.
Scheduled group tours are also available. To reserve a scheduled group tour time, call Nicholas Conservatory at 815-987-8858. For more information, visit www.nicholasconservatory.com.
Directions: Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90: Exit at U.S. 20 Business (E. State St.) and follow Business 20 into Rockford. Turn right on IL 251 and follow it north to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street. --- From the south: Exit I-39 west on U.S. 20 Bypass to IL 251 (11th St.) Follow IL 251 through town to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street.