Outdoor Art


The Sculpture Garden and most of the Redwood sculptures by Bruce Johnson were affected by the recent North Bay fires.

From Bruce: “I need to see the beauty that is in front of me and not lament the loss. These charred sculpture remains remind me that my efforts were my reward because it is the making that matters most. In the ashes, the traces of a craftsman’s hands can be glimpsed. While I lost 6 sculptures, 10 survived so my glass is 2/3 full. I feel fortunate. I have my family, home, studio and my work. So many have lost so much more.”

When you visit, this outdoor art exhibit will not look as it is represented here online.  The landscaping of the paths has been damaged and Bruce has removed all of the sculptures except “Lookout,” which still stands at the beginning of the pathway near the Ticket Office. We are planning to replant the landscaping and restore the entire Sculpture Garden. Soon you will see new exhibitions highlighting the work of other local artists.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts designed the Sculpture Garden as a gift to the community creating a place for reflection and relaxation as an expansion of the visual arts programming on campus. We are proud to have presented “Root 101,” a milestone exhibit by internationally acclaimed artist and a friend of the Center Bruce Johnson.

Sadly, one of the pieces — the “Five Elements” sculpture which the Center purchased from Bruce to add to our permanent art collection — was also destroyed by the fire and had to be removed from the property.

We hope to unveil a revitalized Sculpture Garden by summer 2018. Thank you for your understanding.

You can reflect here on these photos and notes about the beautiful “Root 101” exhibit
by Bruce Johnson which inaugurated the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Sculpture Garden in June 2015

”Root 101,” the inaugural exhibit by Bruce Johnson is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for 50 years. Three years ago, Johnson acquired 80 tons (four truckloads) of huge salvaged redwood stumps and chunks, some trees over 1,000 years old near a tributary to the Eel River. “There is something primal and archetypal about these huge water washed forms,” observes Johnson. “Within the form of roots and swirl of grain you can see and touch patterns of nature and feel the fractal expression of growth and energy. These materials are the heart of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts exhibit.”

Photos by Vi Bottaro: http://www.vibottaro.com/

About Sculptor Bruce Johnson

Born in Oregon, Johnson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He attended UC Davis where he received a BA and acquired his Teacher’s Credential. His studio is in rural Sonoma County, on a coastal ridge. Despite his rural location Johnson has found international recognition with large-scale sculpture in Italy, Spain and Taiwan as well as many private and public collections in the U.S.A. Johnson is also a master builder. Of special importance to him is his work on sacred buildings such as the Sea Ranch Chapel, the historic chapel at Fort Ross, a Moon Gate at the Asian Art Museum and especially the exquisitely beautiful Poetry House. http://formandenergy.com/

LBC Art Map

Take a self-guided tour of our collection.


To submit your work for consideration, please email an exhibit history and link of work samples to:
Anita Wiglesworth, Director of Programming

All submissions will be kept on file for two years. Due to the volume of submissions, only those artists selected for exhibition will be contacted.