11 Acute Angles sculpture
“11 Acute Unequal Angles” by Bernar Venet was funded by Rob and Pamela Steeg

Steeg Law is happy to shine the community spotlight on the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), which is celebrating 20 years.

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden opened in November 2003 in City Park with guidance and support from its namesake patrons, Walda Besthoff and the late Sydney J. Besthoff III. Since then, it has become one of the most popular destinations for New Orleanians as well as visitors from around the world.

“What started as a small collection of sculpture has turned into something momentous with endless collaboration from my late husband Sydney, myself, and NOMA,” said Walda Besthoff, who is a current NOMA Trustee. “Twenty years ago, twenty works were placed in a landscaped setting on five acres adjacent to the museum—which has grown to 100 works of art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries on nearly 12 acres. The garden is notable not only for its natural beauty, but also for the breadth and quality of the work it contains.”

Situated on 12 acres adjacent to the museum, the garden contains more than 90 works by renowned sculptors placed among a picturesque mature grove of pine, magnolia, and moss-draped live oak trees bisected by a lagoon. Represented sculptors include Pierre Auguste Renoir, Rene Magritte, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, George Rodrigue, and Robert Indiana, among others. 

11 Acute Angles sculpture plaqueThis milestone is especially significant for Managing Partner Robert M. Steeg, who has been a longtime supporter of NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Rob is currently a Trustee of NOMA and a Member of the Executive Committee, and is a Past President of NOMA and Former Chair of the Acquisition Committee.

When the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion opened on May 15, 2019, with 27 new works of art, one of the pieces, “11 Acute Unequal Angles” by French sculptor Bernar Venet, was funded by Rob and his wife Pamela in memory of Marion, Moise and Melba Steeg. 

The garden is connected by a series of bridges, including a glass bridge, one of the first in the U.S., spanning 70 feet with artistic renderings of historical versions of the Mississippi River. It is free and open to the public seven days a week.

Watch a video of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion Ceremony >

Learn more about the Besthoff Sculpture Garden >

Gala to Celebrate 20 Years of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden

This fall the New Orleans Museum of Art will host the Visionaries Gala and Garden Party presented by First Horizon to mark 20 Years of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The two events—on Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, respectively—will raise funds to support the future of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and NOMA, and they will serve as capstones for a year of programming designed to highlight the natural and artistic beauty of the garden.

Get additional details about the Gala and Garden Party >

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