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The grounds at Lynden Sculpture Garden

The grounds at Lynden Sculpture Garden

Formerly known as the Bradley Sculpture Garden, the stunning Lynden Sculpture Garden officially opened on May 30th in Milwaukee, WI.   Forty acres of farmland with an 1860s farm-house and barn were purchased by industrialist Harry and his wife Peg Bradley as a country getaway in 1927. Soon after, the property was named “Lynden.” Over the years the house expanded as the family and Mrs. Bradley’s art collection grew, and the property was extensively landscaped. Mrs. Bradley acquired sculpture by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Mark di Suvero and Henry Moore from 1962-1978.  She personally chose the sites for the work in the landscape at Lynden.  After Mrs. Bradley’s death in 1978, the gardens were open on rare occasions for benefits for the Milwaukee Art Museum and small tours.  Other than to art enthusiasts, the significant collection was generally a mystery.

In 2009 The Bradley Family Foundation decided to open Mrs. Bradley’s private collection with the goals of 

The Lynden Garden House

Project designed for LEED Certification

m akin g the sculpture collection more accessible and transforming  the private estate into a cultural and educational conference center. Under the attentive guidance of Mrs. Bradley’s grandchildren David and Lynde Uihlein, the challenging project was taken on by Uihlein -Wilson Architects, Milwaukee, WI, and landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Cambridge, MA. Sustainable architecture and landscape practices were used as the project’s goal was to attain LEED certification.

“Great care was taken to blend the addition with the existing structures on site, with a goal to maintain the warm residential aesthetic with high-quality craftsmanship.” recalls Troy Wohlt of Uilhein Wilson. The exterior of the new addition is traditional cementious stucco blended to match the untouched existing exteriors of the barn and home. The entire structure was re-roofed with traditional cedar shakes.  Brass Light Gallery Exterior Lanterns were chosen for their residential feel and commercial grade construction.

Lynden Gardens, Stucco Barn

Original Stucco Barn

Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau transformed the farm fields into an English Country garden with rolling hills, a lake and a rustic bridge in the late 1920s. Nearly 4000 trees including elms, pines, maples, birch and Kentucky coffee trees were planted on the grounds over the years.  Considerable care was taken not to stress the mature trees during the project. “Maintaining the one-of-a-kind landscape, while introducing native plants, water retention basins and a pervious parking lot was handled beautifully by landscape architects at Michael Van Valenburgh Associates.” says Wohlt.

“We expect Lynden will become a resource for the entire community and a place that people will return frequently, whether it’s for a picnic on a Wednesday evening, a visit to one of our changing exhibitions or educational programs, or simply enjoy the beauty of changing seasons in the sculpture garden.” says David Uihlein.

More information on Lynden.

Albeck, Elisabeth. “Sunday in the Park: A sneak peek at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.” Third Coast Digest.com. Online, 28 May 2010.
Dunigan, Peggy Sue. “The Lynden Sculpture Garden Reveals the Art of Harry and Peg Bradley.” ExpressMilwaukee.com. Online, 25 May. 2010.
Lawerence, Julie. “Lynden Sculpture Gardern Shares Its Beauty With The Rest of Us.” OnMilwaukee.com. Online, 11 May 2010.
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Bradley Sculpture Garden Preparing For Big Changes.” JSOnline.com. Online, 30 May 2009.
“Lynden Sculpture Garden.” Press Release, 30 April 2010.
Youngmann, JoAnn. “A Brief History of Lynden.” 2010.
Uihlien-Wilson Architects. “Lynden Project Narrrative.” Online, 2010.
To meet the foundation’s mission to promote “the enjoyment, understanding , adn appreciation of art, sculpture, educational ex

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The issue was poor traffic flow where guests were unintentionally drawn to the kitchen door instead of the front door. There was not a significant difference between the two paths to the front and kitchen doors. Both doors were accessible from the circle drive and neither was centered.

A landscape architect solved the problem by designing a low wall with Brass Light Gallery column lights marking the formal entryway.  Strategically placed plantings altered the flow and now direct guests toward the main entry and prevent foot traffic from the circle drive to the kitchen door.  A single post light denotes the path from the side drive to the kitchen door.

Residence solution to foot traffic flow

New flow entry

Plan of residence with old walkway
Old flow entry
Column Lights flanking entryway

Photo taken from point A. 11" French Country Column lights flank main walkway.

Landscaped wall helps divide & target walkway

Photo taken from point B. Wall and landscape direct traffic flow and prevent traffic from main walk to kitchen door.

Post light illuminates drive & kitchen entry

Photo taken from point C. 12" wide London Lantern Post Lights with custom base lights path to kitchen entry.

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Process of metal plating

Process of metal plating

Plating is the method we use at Brass Light Gallery to create many of our finishes and provide a layer of corrosion resistance. Combining chemistry, electricity and a bit of black magic, electroplating attaches a layer of metal onto another piece of metal. For example, our Polished Nickel sconces, are solid brass with a layer of nickel.

To us, inserting a brass part into a tank of liquid and removing a nickel part minutes later, is actually quite exciting! Once in the tank, a part becomes a link in an electric circuit.  When the electricity is turned on a chemical reaction takes place.  Nickel is dissolved by the salty plating solution and the electric current draws the dissolved metal through the liquid to the target part.  When it is done correctly, plating not only looks great but also becomes a permanent part of the plated object. Plating doesn’t fade or crack like paint or powder coatings.

Polished Nickel Wall Sconce Light Fixture

Polished Nickel Sconce

At Brass Light Gallery we take an environmentally responsible approach to plating.  We control all the important details while creating a quality finish under our own factory roof.  As decorative plating experts, we have taken what is often a filthy, hazardous process and turned it into an art form.

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