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The garden referred to in the title is not the forest in the background, but the white and black sculpture the woman and her child are walking on.

This is a huge sculpture called "Jardin d'émail" (Enamel garden), created in 1974 by the French sculptor and painter Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). It is located in the sculpture garden of the famous Dutch Kröller-Müller Museum.

I was very fortunate to be able to go by car with Dutch friends to this delightful museum in central Netherlands. It is located inside a national park called De Hoge Veluwe. It is possible to get there by public transport but it's much more convenient to arrive by car. Cars are allowed on a few roads inside the park, but most visitors leave their cars outside and then go through the park by bicycle. There are probably thousands of them, found at the entrances and at various other locations inside the park. They are free, so you just grab whichever you like.

The Kröller-Müller Museum is run by the Dutch state but was founded by the businessman Anton Kröller and his wife Helen Kröller-Müller in the early part of the 20th century. At the same time they established what was to become one of the first national parks in the Netherlands. They spent most of their lives building a huge collection of art, including the second largest collection in the world of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh (the largest is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam). They also collected numerous works by artists such as Picasso, Seurat, Mondrian and most other modernists, all of which can now be seen in the museum.

In the forested area surrounding the museum is a large sculpture garden where the Jardin d'émail is by far the largest and most popular object. You enter it through a narrow gate and then climb a few steps. Jean Dubuffet was a kind of outsider in the art world, founder of a movement called Art Brut (raw art, or rough art), which was inspired by "primitive" art and drawings by children, mentally disturbed people and others unaffected by the mainstream art scene.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

I have posted another photo from the enamel garden (without people) as a workshop and I have also added a photo which shows the entire sculpture. I found it on the internet and had to enlarge it a lot. It is very unsharp but will give you a better idea of what the garden looks like.

Today the TE server gracefully allowed me to mark the location of the museum. You can find it by clicking on the Map:view.

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