Stone Sculpture by Harry Gordon Now on Exhibit at Laurelwood Arboretum

Installation of “Sandalphon” by Harry Gordon Photo by Lorraine Meyer

Visitors walking through Laurelwood Arboretum this winter can enjoy the newest addition to A Sculpture Trail. “Sandalphon” by Harry Gordon, a 12-foot-tall work in stone, was recently installed at site #4 on the trail. 

“Sandalphon,” created in 2010 using black granite, is meant to become one with the environment that surrounds it. Gordon uses a crane to create his granite sculptures, His work is often viewed as being “larger than life.”

Born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Gordon has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Rutgers University. He now lives in New Jersey.

Gordon began sculpting in a community art class and was an apprentice to Boris Blai, a classically trained Russian figurative sculptor who had worked in Auguste Rodin’s studio. Gordon began his sculpture career with a very classical, figurative approach but now creates larger-than-life organic sculptures that are designed to “exist naturally in the landscape.”

Gordon’s work has been included in exhibits at the Genest Gallery, Lambertville, NJ; Carnegie Center Greenway, Princeton, NJ; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ; 1995; the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Cadwalder Park, Trenton, NY; the Station Plaza Sculpture Walk, Trenton, NJ; and SUNY Plattsburgh Sculpture Park, Plattsburgh, NY.

Major solo exhibitions include Harry H. Gordon at Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Outdoor Sculpture at the Chapin School, Princeton, NJ; and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

A Sculpture Trail is being curated by Scott A. Broadfoot of the Broadfoot & Broadfoot gallery in Boonton, New Jersey. Chairpersons of the project are Stuart Reiser, a partner in the firm Shapiro, Croland, Reiser, Apfel & DiIorio and pro bono attorney for the Friends of Laurelwood Board of Directors, and his wife Leslie, both long-time Pines Lake, Wayne residents. A GoFundMe page has been set up to accept donations for the project. To contribute, please go to GoFundMe – Sculpture Trail 

The work on exhibit in A Sculpture Trail will be available for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and applied towards a capital improvement project.

You can follow the progress of A Scultpure Trail installations on Instagram at

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is the non-profit conservancy whose mission is to preserve and manage the 30-acre arboretum in partnersip with Wayne Township. For additional information about The Sculpture Trail or the Friends organization, go to, To get involved, send an email to or call 973-831-5675.

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