For many business and leisure travelers to the Austin, Texas area, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is the ideal home-away-from-home, its location an easy drive from Austin Bergstrom International Airport and all that downtown Austin has to offer, but surrounded by rolling hill country, sprawled out shopping centers, and Texas charm.
One nearby attraction that is a must-visit for art and nature lovers is the Bee Cave Sculpture Park. Less than a 10 minute drive from Sonesta Bee Cave Austin, this 7-acre rotating art gallery is set on beautiful grounds featuring a pond, towering old trees and other plants, and a completely serene setting for disconnecting from your day for a little while.
A winding path allows visitors to take in each of the 24 sculptures, many submitted by local artists and each with a plaque naming the sculpture and artist. The Bee Cave Sculpture Park website provides more in-depth information on each for those interested in learning more.
Highlights include the permanent sailboat-themed mosaic bench sculpture, a Peaceful Place, which encourages visitors to sit, pause, and take in views of all of the art and natural beauty surrounding them. The park and some of its sculptures are very community-driven; a Peaceful Place was part of a learning and sculpture installation project worked on by local high school students, while another peace-themed work of art across the park was created by local summer camp students.
Other sculptures offer nods to local pride and history; the life-sized “Legation Longhorn” is hard-to-miss in the park and was created by a fifth-generation Texan who studied art at the nearby University of Texas.
“The Beehive” sculpture delves into the history of Bee Cave and its legendary bee caves. Adorned with large metal bees made possible by local donors, the sculpture is a tribute to Bee Cave’s past and present, and reading up on the sculptor and the story behind it is well-worth a few moments.
A mix of emotionally-moving, whimsical, and contemplative pieces in the park give visitors reason not to rush through the display, and as such, creates a relaxing experience that’s perfect for vacation or kicking off a long day of meetings and events.