Odette Sculpture Park, Windsor
The Odette Sculpture Park is a series of art works winding along the Detroit River between the Ambassador Bridge and Church Street.. Self guided tour maps are located within the park identifying the sculptures and providing information on the sculptors.
I have two travelogues, highlighting some of the sculptures in the Odette Sculpture Park.
I really enjoyed visiting the Odette Sculpture Park on both of my visits to Windsor, a lovely green space along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge. Not only does it have a great view of the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit River and the Detroit skyline but there is also a well maintained bike path and another pedestrian path which despite being really well marked, both were used by both foot and bicycle traffic. From the Radisson, you can walk across the street and walk along the path, the Odette Sculpture Park starts 5-10 minutes away.
There are signs throughout the park detailing 24 of the sculptures, attached website lists 34 so perhaps a few have been added since the original signs were placed.
For more pictures, see my travelogue
This was our favorite thing to do! We spent a lot of time here walking along the river and looking at the sculptures. Its free and very enjoyable for an afternoon. In order to see everything you really need to park around Dieppe Park and walk towards Ambassador Park.
At the Western end of the riverwalk along the Detroit River in Windsor, is a spectacular sculpture park. Here the art work is beautifully positioned for visitors to admire from afar or close up. These are interactive pieces, meant to be respectfully touched and photographed or simply seen. Not to be missed.
Since its opening in 1981, the Odette Sculpture Park a unique park prominently displays more than 31 huge works of modern sculpture by world-renowned artists.
I have never seen anything like it! The Park winds its way along 2.5 km of waterfront of the Detroit River, (and no, I did not walk the whole length) the Park gives viewers a whimsical look at contemporary sculpture. To name just a few: Elephants,Totem Poles, flying saucers, swans or flamingos (I just can't decide) and the chicken who laid an egg.
I visited the park in late Spetember, it was a bit chilly on the waterfront but during the summertime, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra offers a Free Family Concert Series; you can bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic, then sit out underneath the stars and enjoy the music.
The Windsor Sculpture Garden was made possible by the support of the Louis L. Odette Family, the City and the Province. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Along Riverside Drive West between Church Street and the Ambassador Bridge, you will find this river walk of sculptures.
"it is a strange balance, a sort of converging divergence that shows so much difference only to suggest that perhaps we are all, in some way, connected."
Or, you can just enjoy the art from your perspective and take a nice walk!! There are guided tour maps available which identifies the sculptures and gives information about the artist.
Do you love art but you also love the outdoors? Well then the Odette Sculpture Gardens on Windsor's waterfront is the place for you!
There are dozens of large sculptures by a host of international artists on display year round (and for free!) at Ambassador and Centennial Parks. You can walk for 3.5 kms along the Detroit river admiring some unusual "art".
You may even run into a fellow VTer here. We enjoyed an afternoon stroll through the gardens during our first Windsor VT meeting in June 2004.
Open year round and free to the public, Odette Sculpture Park is along the southwestern section of Windsor's fabulous Riverfront Trail. It contains twenty-five large scale sculptures, by world renowned artists, with a wide variety of styles and subject matter. We walked through this open-air gallery on both of our visits to Windsor. It was much more fun with the dozen new friends we met at the Windsor VT meeting on June 5.
Our favorite sculpure was of a lifelike Africian Elephant standing 9'1" high, followed by two babies at 2'3". This is one of the largest bronze elephants in the world and is named "Tembo" which is Swahili for African Elephant. It is by British born Canadian artist Derrick Stephen Hudson.
The children in our group especially enjoyed climbing on the elephant's trunk, swinging from her tusks, and riding the baby elephants.
Thanks to Lori and Hans, we spent a lovely, yet raining afternoon walking along the Sculpture park. You can see we have fun no matter what the weather! More pictures are in our Windsor travelogue.