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Outward Bound

Anh-Minh Le | May 11, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Culture

With sweeping vistas of open hillsides, redwood trees and the Pacific Ocean, a former cattle ranch makes for a unique setting to experience a trove of outdoor sculptures.

In 1979, the late Dr. Carl Djerassi established the Djerassi Resident Artists Program on his land in Woodside as a memorial to his daughter, Pamela; since inception, the program has benefited more than 2,200 visual artists, literary artists, filmmakers, composers and choreographers. “It is a beautiful place where brilliant ideas are coaxed into life,” says Margot H. Knight, Djerassi’s executive director.

Now through October, sculpture tours at the private 583-acre property are offered on a limited basis. About 50 works are currently on view, including pieces by David Nash, Bruce Johnson and Mark Reeves. “The site-inspired sculptures are a mixture of early work commissioned by Djerassi when the organization was managed by his family foundation, and, later, work donated by resident artists to the independent nonprofit,” explains Knight. Registration is open for June and August dates for the free docent-led two-hour walking tours that cover about two dozen sculptures. Director’s tours—which take about twice as long, cost $50 to $60 per person, and include a peek at the artists’ studios as well as refreshments at sunset—are scheduled for June and July. Private tours are also an option.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside

Originally published in the May issue of Silicon Valley

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