Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden under construction

Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden under construction

After a year of construction (and seven years of planning), the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden finally opens at the Museum of Biblical Art along with a weekend of celebration.

The Mediterranean-style garden features bronze sculptures by the late Gib Singleton, representing the 14 Stations of the Cross that commemorate the last days of Jesus’ life. We wrote about the plans back in January 2013.

“The idea is to create a new landmark for Dallas,” museum co-curator Scott Peck told us. “It’s a meditation garden. People have things go on in their lives — whether they lost a loved one or didn’t get a job they wanted — and this is a place for them to go and meditate.”

Like the museum itself, the garden is geared to people of all faiths and backgrounds, and access is free. People can have an “art experience or a spiritual experience,” Peck says.

The ribbon cutting and blessing of the sculpture garden is at 5 p.m. May 15 with remarks from our City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates. The program will honor the major donor, Tia Collection, and the life of the artist, Gib Singleton, who died in 2014. The formal dedication and inter-faith blessing is 11 a.m. May 16.

Groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremony

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