Rodin’s Garden is an outdoor space created by the renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin in Meudon, a small town located in the western suburbs of Paris. The garden was designed in 1884 and is one of the few remaining examples of a French 19th-century garden. It was originally part of Rodin’s personal estate and is now a public park open to visitors.
Rodin purchased the property in Meudon in 1884 and began working on the garden shortly after. The garden was designed by Rodin himself, with the help of his assistant Paul Gasq. Rodin’s vision was to create a garden that was both beautiful and practical, with a variety of plants and trees to provide shade and fragrance. He also included a number of sculptures, both his own and those of other artists, to add to the atmosphere.
The garden is divided into two main sections: the upper terrace and the lower terrace. The upper terrace is the most visible part of the garden and contains a variety of plants and trees, as well as a number of sculptures, including Rodin’s most famous work, The Thinker. The lower terrace is more secluded and contains a number of smaller sculptures, as well as a pond and a fountain.
- The Thinker – The most famous of Rodin’s sculptures, this bronze statue is located on the upper terrace and is one of the most recognizable works of art in the world.
- The Burghers of Calais – A group of six statues located on the lower terrace depicting a group of citizens of Calais who were willing to give their lives to save their city from an English siege in 1347.
- The Gates of Hell – A monumental bronze gate located on the lower terrace, the design of which was inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
The garden is open to the public throughout the year and hosts a number of events, such as concerts, film screenings, and art exhibitions. The garden is also the venue for the annual Rodin Prize, a prestigious award given to an artist who has made a significant contribution to the arts.
The garden is easily accessible by public transport, with a number of buses and trains stopping nearby. It is also possible to reach the garden by car, with parking available onsite.