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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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 This post is interactive. Dial 504.799.0176 Enter the sculpture number followed by the # key.
It will tell you about each sculpture. Cell & telephone rates apply. This is a US number.

Challenge #15 (The Final AVEENO® De-Stress Challenge) - A Real Life Wonderland - I've blogged about Storyland, Morning Call and the Peristyle in City Park, but I've never visited The Sculpture Garden. I thought it contained a couple of sculptures! Boy, was I wrong! There are MANY and once you step through the gates, you'll feel like you're in a different world. If you visit New Orleans, put this on your to-do-list. It's open 7 days a week (closed on legal holidays), it's FREE & there are over 64 sculptures. You will feel like you're Alice In Wonderland (but grown up). It's sweet. It's trippy. It's omg'd. There's literally a surprise around every corner. It has an Asian aesthetic to it. It's peaceful. It's tranquil. It's serene. This would be a fabulous place to propose (some spots are so romantic). I would be tickled pink. Guess what? They also show vintage movies in the evenings (Friday's) during the Spring/Summer (check listings & weather). How fab! I want to go! I always think about the scene with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, when I hear about an outdoor classic movie. So sweet! So romantic! The Sculpture Garden is right next to The New Orleans Museum Of Art (I'll have to do a post on that next. They don't allow pics, but I'll show you the outside & cafe). This is my NEW outdoor WONDERLAND! I definitely want to go back and take it all in. I hope I captured it's essence for you below. Click on the pictures below to make them larger. Each sculpture has an amazing story (dial the number above, enter the sculpture number and then press the # key...telephone/cell rates apply). Thank You AVEENO! The last 3 weeks have truly been amazing! I found new ways to de-stress and learned how to put a new spin on old ones. This challenge definitely made me think differently. FYI AVSB Readers: My next blog post will be Wednesday. My dress below is from Garnet Hill.







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92 comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing garden! I cant believe it's free. I will be adding this to my list of things to do when I visit New Orleans. My kids will definitely get a kick out of the giant safety pin, lol!

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  2. This park is simply wonderful! And it is appopriate for proposal indeed! Yes, I saw the beads and the aligator! Wodnerful place!

    sunandsany

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  3. Kim, this place is marvellous!! I would love it...gorgeous sculptures!! Am glad you went and seen it and took us too!! Now you must go more often, I love it!! Happy Monday doll xx

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  4. Id love to call the number to interact with the post but is US and would be pretty expensive Kim! I just love this garden! How many gorgeous sculptures, I think I never saw that many as in this place, now Id love to go there for sure! Of course, Ive soon spotted the beads and the alligators, you look WONDERFUL in fuchsia, Im in love with ur dress and lipstick, very feminine! Have a lovely week Kim, well done for the Aveeno challenge, you did a great job!:) Hugs! xo

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  5. that pink dress is stunning on you Kim!

    So many fun sculptures too - wish I could dial that number and find out more about them, especially that love one, I have a little wooden statue of that in my house! We got it as a gift one year. Had no idea it was from a sculpture in New Orleans :)

    Away From Blue

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  6. LOLZ...I thought of The Wedding Planner too when you said vintage movies are shown here.:D What an awesome park, Kim:) You're so lucky to have this nearby.

    PS Love love love your dress:)

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  7. Kim, what a beautiful place! Thank you for the virtual walk! x

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  8. This garden is amazing! I love your dress too, you was so pretty!
    Kisses

    Viky --- MySecretFashionPoison

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  9. The sculptures are amazing. Such a variety of pieces. I really wish we had a park like this in Melbourne! What a wonderful space to wander through and even to drop a picnic blanket (if they let you).

    Mandi / www.findmeamuse.com

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  10. You look so pretty in pink Kim, this is truly an amazing artistic place to visit! Wishing you a fruitful week ahead hun!

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  11. Amazing images you look stunning in that hot pink lipstick and hat.
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  12. That's a very beautiful museum!
    Wish the museum was close to my place... my son loves going to museum.

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  13. Love your fuchsia Dress ,it look so gorgeous! You also wear the perfect Lipstick <3 :)
    The Garden can call Wonderland ,all looks so inspiring ,love the Art! Great Post :)

    Happy Monday xoxo

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  14. looks like such an amazing place! i'm adding it to my next nola trip itinerary!

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  15. Thanks for taking us on this virtual excursion Kim! I love it, and definitely want to visit there in the near future. Great lip colour on you too! Have a wonderful Monday. :)/Madison

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  16. It looks absolutely beautiful! Definitely would make a wonderful setting for a wedding.

    -Sharon
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  17. Dear Kim, this place is marvelous. The sculptures are amazing. Such a variety of pieces. I think I never saw that many as in this place, now Id love to go there for sure! Of course, Ive soon spotted the beads and the alligators,great post sweetie and yes, you look soooo cute! Have a sweet Monday Kim..kisses <3

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  18. such a beautiful place! and you look fabulous!

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  19. Pretty dress & love your hat. Your skin is flawless and I love your lip color! :-)

    What a gorgeous place! Love those little doggie sculptures. Looks like a fabulous place to spend a beautiful day.

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  20. What a fascinating place! It's amazing the kind of surprises that hide right under our noses in the city we live, you just never know until you go. I love the variety of sculptures in this garden. The giant safety pin is jus so fun!
    xox,
    Cee

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  21. Oh the flower detailing on your dress is just lovely. This place looks so sweet. A Friday outdoor movie night in the sunset? Yes please! I hope you've had fun doing this de-stress challenge. I know sometimes it can backfire - thoughts immediately flutter to Christmas here. Rosemary X

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  22. What a fun post! Those sculptures are all over the board! I like how unique they all are. You are lucky to live so close!

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  23. Kim what beautiful place and i simply adore your dress - so pretty. Have a great day sweets,
    Ax

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  24. How beyond cool is this post?! An interactive article; that's amazing! So very cool Kim!

    This garden looks so fun. A perfect way to spend an afternoon.

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my last post. It made my day :)

    Amber

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  25. You certainly did succeed in capturing the essence of this amazing place. I felt like I was wandering around with you here! I like the way the sculptures are so varied in style and I love so many of them especially the giant safety pin which is fun! The setting is beautiful too with so much greenery. Definitely somewhere I would enjoy.
    Great post, Kim.

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  26. wow, this garden looks amazing and I adore that there is so many green and stunning sculptures! I wish that something similar be in my city :)

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  27. What an amazing place Kim.
    My fave was the 3 vases and the beads on the tree - so very unexpected.
    I had no idea New Orleans had so many great places to visit.

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  28. What a lovely park! Your pictures are great! I love that they show vintage movies during the spring/summer, would love to go there!

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  29. This sculpture garden is a total wonderland Kim! Thank you for the virtual tour of this charming space! I feel de-stressed just reading this post! You look so pretty in your fuchsia dress and floppy hat lady!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  30. Awesome and how great is your dress?!

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  31. omg Kimmmm! you are soo freakin cool! I love this, and you are rocking that hat! love!

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    dawn

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  32. super fun to "walk" through this garden with you. =D
    great dress you're wearing too! love the color!
    xo,
    nancy

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  33. Beautiful pictures! It looks like you are wearing a beautiful bright dress!

    Maggie
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  34. Kim,

    I love this post!! This was my fist time every having a number to dial to participate!! That was awesome!! I am so proud of you and all of your Aveeno post!!

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  35. that's the first thing i thought about, too, when you said movies in the park...J.Lo, lol! that would be cool, though!

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  36. Hey Kim! So glad you took the time to take in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and share it with us. I'd love to visit. There's such a variety of thought provoking art work. I really like the one with the window and ladder. and Pst, love your dress! sparkle2day.com

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  37. i spotted the alligator! love the sculptures they look amazing!

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  38. Amazing place! Like the monkey esculpture.

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  39. I can totally see the japanese influence, it does seem very peaceful and nice to discover every different statue. I wish I could go!

    Neko Bunny U=・ x ・=U

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  40. Kim, this garden is truly unique! Love the color of your dress! Talk to you soon.

    xo Jo

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  41. Such a pretty place dear !! lovely pics :) xx
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  42. Thats a pretty interesting post . Lovely pictures . I can see you had fun !

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  43. Such pretty pictures! Your lipstick colour is so gorgeous. I love those pictures of the flowers x

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  44. Wow, how absolutely breathtaking! I would be so inspired walking around there!And you look stunning, that pink is amazing! :)

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  45. this looks like the perfect getaway for relaxation and meditation! I love the photos you took - the pond is so pretty! And how convenient it is right next to the museum!

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  46. What an amazing place...lovely pix dear.......xoxoxo....^_^

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  47. Very nice place! And your dress looks so beautiful!

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  48. such great pictures!
    come take a look at my blog!
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  49. Amazing pics and you look awesome babe.
    I love your blog!!
    Would you like to follow each other on BLOGLOVIN ?
    Baci
    The Indian Savage Diary

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  50. You look gorgeous and what beautiful pictures!! Love your lip color!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  51. It's truly impressive and definitely zen, and you are hot in cyclamen pink! Look at your dress and lips, wow!!
    I'm enjoying every step of your challenge!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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  52. This garden looks gorgeous!

    Abby
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  53. Ah his looks brilliant! And love your dress gif too cool!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  54. Oh everything looks so amazing, def. a must see, thanks for sharing with us! xoxo

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  55. What a great place to be. Love the photos!
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  56. so many strange sculptures! I like the .gif you made!

    xx,
    felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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  57. It seems like there is so much to do and see in New Orleans, you are lucky to live in such a cultured city! The garden looks beautiful and it would be so fun to go there for a movie screening!
    chic on the cheap

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  58. This is so cool! I definitely want to call and learn about a couple of these sculptures!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  59. Very impressing!
    Maybe we can follow each other? Just let me know!
    xx
    Sarah

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  60. LOVELY PICTURES... LOVE UR DRESS as well..

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  61. Kim you look amazing in that dress! What an awesome post! I have always loved that blue dog! You really worked hard on this one, great job!

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  62. Amazing look and place! =)
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    xoxo,
    Jess

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  63. I've only been to New Orleans a few times- your posts make me want to go back ASAP. I'd definitely visit these gardens~

    always, koru kate

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  64. New Orleans is on my travel wish list. This looks like an awesome place to visit and you can't beat free. :-)

    Mo

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  65. I love sculptures!!! It always amazes me to see what people have been able to make into a 3D figure from their imaginations :)

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  66. I love sculptures!!! It always amazes me to see what people have been able to make into a 3D figure from their imaginations :)

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  67. Oh myyyy...this is MARVELOUS, Kim!! Great photos and you look so pretty in that pink number. Lovely shade on the lips too. :-)

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  68. What a magical and lovely place! And you look stunning my dear! I wish you a darling evening!

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  69. that looks like a lovely place to visit! x

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  70. Interesting place to visit, hope I can visit New Orleans someday, love your dress and its colour but why are you hiding that pretty face of yours? :)

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  71. What a beautiful place Kim! I enjoyed this post so much, its was a dosis of sculpture art during my cup of cafe :) like a lot the pictures and the gifs :)
    Kisses

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  72. Sorry but I can't call the number: I live in Italy and it would very expensive. Anyway, the pics are really nice and you look wonderful, Kim!
    Kisses
    Oriana

    www.stylexis.com

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  73. This is the most epic post I have ever seen!

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  74. How stunning! What a great park. Aveeno must be very happy they chose to work with you - you've done loads of posts for them =)

    I'm always so memorised by your gifs ;)

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  75. So relaxing just to look at your post. I love the color of your lipstick and goes well with your pretty dress and hat. xx

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  76. Kim, you look breathtaking! I adore that dress and that orchid pink is so lovely on you! These pics are magical. I adore sculpture parks/gardens. There's a lovely one about an hour from where I live (in Windsor, Canada). I haven't been there in a couple of years. I'm now inspired to make a trip back! :) Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  77. Wow, you are so right! Tons f sculptures, looks like a great place to spend some time:)
    Aesthetic Lounge

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  78. Nice pics! Love these styles! They all look genius!
    Thanks for your sharing and posting!
    Have a nice day!


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  79. Nice pics! Love these styles! They all look genius!
    Thanks for your sharing and posting!
    Have a nice day!


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  80. Hi Kim, wow what a pretty garden with those nice sculptures. Thanks for taking me on the tour with you. I love the color of your dress and shoes. Have a nice afternoon.
    Julie

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  81. Wow Kim, you look so stylish in your dress and hat. I would love to see your whole outfit. The Sculpture Garden look so fun to explore. I would enjoy visiting it too. Good thing it is bedside the Museum which will be easier for visitors to explore after the Museum.

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  82. Oh, you're from New Orleans. You have a lot of relaxing places. I love it! Btw, you have a cute smile. :)

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  83. Again a nice place to relax and your lipstick looks gorgeous on you!
    xx

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  84. Wow, what a great garden :)

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  85. what a lovely collection of art and sculptures! LOVE the karma #61 piece especially. just gorgeous!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  86. This place looks amazing Kim! Way more fun than the one we have in MA. I will definitely keep this in mind when I visit New Orleans someday.

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