All El Pasoans May Now Visit This Private Sculpture Garden
I had never heard of this artist or his garden but, I am so down to go see this.
El Paso artist Ho Baron has been quietly working on his own, private sculpture garden for years. Now, approaching 80 years of age and battling both blood and bone cancer, he has opened his private world up to all.
Mr. Baron posted the following open invitation to one and all on his Facebook page:
Hiya friends! So many places are closed these days, I just wanted to remind you my outdoor sculpture garden is open daily and free to the public. The basement gallery is closed for health reasons, but I have a dozen of my life size, surreal figures on exhibit on the Piedras side of my home at Aurora and Piedras. You can park in the front then walk in the yard to the garden.
According to an article in the El Paso Times, Mr. Baron has all kinds of sculptures scattered around his property that include works of all shapes, sizes, and even natural elements like a once-living tree. That one is known as the Dysfunctional Family Tree and it features cement faces and mannequin "body" parts on the branches.
One of his bigger pieces, a 1,000-pound work known as "A Novel Romance", stands at the main branch of the El Paso Public library. (Mr. Baron is a retired El Paso Community College librarian.) Some of his other works have found homes in Roswell, Silver City, Albuquerque, Georgetown, and Round Rock.
Check out some photos and a short video here and be sure and take advantage of this unique and free opportunity soon!