WANDER AMONG SCULPTURES
“UP THE RAMP,” a sculpture by david stromeyer with soaring yellow twists of metal (shown right), is easy to glimpse while
driving on Rockville Pike in north Bethesda. it anchors the sculpture garden at the strathmore arts complex, where a walkway
leads you past 12 works by 11 artists (another seven are sprinkled around the campus). among them: a long-limbed figure arced
in a side plank, a whimsical lamppost wearing a necktie and bowler hat, and a trio of human figures entwined to create a musical
symbol. though climbing on sculptures is not allowed, the shaded garden is a nice place to spread a picnic blanket on the grass.
it’s also fun to wander the grounds and happen upon the works of art. if you’re with kids, stop inside the mansion and ask for a
brochure for “the great sculpture garden hunt,” which takes you on an art-themed adventure around the campus.
Strathmore Sculpture Garden, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; 301-581-5109, www.strathmore.org
—Kathleen Seiler Neary Phot