The Windsor Sculpture Park
Open year round. Free admission. Parking available within the park.
The Windsor Sculpture Park is a museum without walls, a unique park showcasing more than 31 large-scale, internationally recognized works of contemporary sculpture by world-renowned artists.
It is a place of convergence and divergence, difference and similarity.
The Windsor Sculpture Park is located mainly on the shores of the Detroit River within Ambassador and Centennial Parks, between the Ambassador Bridge (Huron Church Road) and The Art Gallery of Windsor (Church Street). Some of the sculptures are in other City of Windsor Parks, like Reaume Park, Jackson Park, Vision Corridor and City Hall Square.
The Windsor Sculpture Park is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Odette and the P & L Odette Foundation. The park is maintained by the City of Windsor, Parks and Recreation.
For Mr. Odette, it was extremely important to have art in public spaces. He generously donated to Windsor and viewed his gifts as part of the Windsor culture scene - an outdoor public gallery open every day of the year, free of charge to Windsorites and visitors.
The recent name change to Windsor Sculpture Park reinforces the importance of the sculpture park as a significant cultural asset and a place which welcomes new sculptures donated by other individuals and groups. The Odette Family continues to have very strong ties to Windsor and a strong commitment to recognizing our city as a cultural leader. Mr. Odette's greatest wish was that Windsor's outdoor sculpture park would be widely known and firmly positioned as a Windsor cultural asset.
His legacy, including the gifts of numerous sculpture, transformed the riverfront parks. We are truly grateful to the Odette family and their vision for art in the riverfront lands.
See sculpture and sculptor details.
Tour the City of Windsor's Public Art Collection with the Public Art and Monuments App
For general information, please call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact:
Windsor's Community Museum
Telephone: (519) 253-1812
Original Philosophy Behind The Sculpture Park
When it was originally established, winding along the waterfront parkland of Canada's southernmost urban centre, the sculpture park was intended to be a "point of physical, political and philosophical intersection".
This is modern sculpture on the border. It is a meeting place for expression, an environment where work from Windsor and across the world combines and contrasts.
The collection purposely does not conform to any one artistic vision. Instead, the sculpture park is unified by its difference and the richness of its multi-textured variety. A visitor on this path is continually presented with the infinite complexity of our shared human experience.
We see work from very different places and people: the naturalistic power of Pauta Saila's Dancing Bear meets the comfort of friendship of Joe Rosenthal's Consolation; the fluid human form of Elisabeth Frink's Flying Men is juxtaposed with the abstracted and weighted geometric shapes of Sorel Etrog's Space Plough II.
It is a strange balance, a sort of converging divergence that shows so much difference only to suggest that perhaps we are all, in some small way, connected.