Environmental Concepts LLC | Time and the Fates of Man at Brookgreen Gardens
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Time and the Fates of Man at Brookgreen Gardens


Murrells Inlet, SC

Public Art, Recreation Spaces, Site Planning
About This Project

Paul Howard Manship (1885-1966) was commissioned to create Time and the Fates of Man, the 80-feet tall sculptural centerpiece for the 1939 New York World’s Fair – the white plaster sculpture was the largest sundial in the world. A smaller bronze version of the sculpture was subsequently acquired by Brookgreen Gardens and had recently been on loan, touring the United States.


Upon the sculpture’s return, Environmental Concepts assisted with plans for renovations of the sculpture site creating opportunities to experience Time and the Fates of Man, Bronze 1939, as intended, as well as providing programming to activate the pastoral landscape of Brookgreen’s arboretum.


The design of the sculpture site provides for an attractive, clearly defined focal point within less delineated spaces of the arboretum. Supplemental paths to the new sundial plaza increased the experiential journey, facilitated exploration through the arboretum while creating new destinations – such as connections to the Brown Sculpture Court, Inner Garden Walk, Lowcountry Center, and Beyond the Garden Stroll.


The plans also allowed for expansion of the arboretum floral and sculptural collections – including the siting of two additional Manship pieces: Cycle of Life, Bronze, 1924, and Evening, Bronze, 1938.