Membor Apokiom, Teddy Balangu, Jacob Elliot, David Kapa Kaipuk, Yatai Latai, Yarume Mambegawi, Gutok Yantaka, Naui Saunambui, Jo Mare Wakundi, Simon Gambulo Marmos, and David Yamanapi
Carved wood, polychrome wood, and pumice
Credit Line
Various, 1996.362.1-40

Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the 40 sculptures of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden illustrate creation stories and cultural traditions through depictions of people, animals, and magical beings. The garden was the result of a collaborative project led by former anthropology graduate student Jim Mason, who invited ten artists from the Sepik River area to campus for a five-month residency program in 1994. The creation and installation of the garden was uniquely community-focused, with daily tours, weekly lectures, Friday night barbecues, and musical jam sessions that took place throughout the artists’ stay.

Interestingly, a couple of works included in the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden complement those in the Rodin Garden across campus. Inspiration from Rodin can be seen in two recent interpretations of The Gates of Hell and The Thinker by Sepik River artists. In these sculptures, artists from the Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea incorporated both traditional lore and their experience of Stanford’s sculpture into works of wood and pumice stone.