United States of America, Tennessee, Hamilton County, Chattanooga
River Gallery Sculpture Garden (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
River Gallery Sculpture Garden possesses a major contemporary sculpture collection in addition to exhibiting sculpture for sale. The garden includes a formal area in the design of a nautilus with a pea gravel-finished surface walking path. There is a patterned surface walkway in the natural area, which includes a meditation area and recycling mountain stream. The "River Fence" in the formal area captures in aluminum an outline of Maclellan Island in the left frame and the Chattanooga cityscape in the right frame. The gazebo entrance is entered through metal sculptural gates, each depicting the most recognizable features of each of the seven bridges located across the Tennessee River in the immediate Chattanooga area. The rising fountain in the center of the formal part of the garden is the center of the spiral created by the nautilus walkway.
Persons, firms, and governments associated with the garden include: Harry Scott Probasco (former owner, 1884-1938); the City of Chattanooga (former owner, 1938-1992); Joseph Baasch (landscape architect, 1992 to date); Jim Collins (sculptor, 1993); and Henley Brothers (contractors, 1992-1993).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, a narrative description, and copies of brochures and articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Debbie Petticord, "Bluff View," Chattanooga Magazine, (Vol. 4, No. 2), pp. 26-28
Garden has been featured in Emily McDonald, "A New Jewel on the Bluff," The Chattanooga Times, May 26, 1993