The 621 Gallery Sculpture Garden began with a controversial installation, TrashHenge, by Nancy Rubens in 1979 and was later formalized as a sculpture garden by Charles Hook and David Crook in 1981. This industrial neighborhood, later to be known as the Railroad Square Art Park, would provide an alternative space linking past industry and contemporary sculpture.

Born from a grassroots urban revitalization effort, this project will feature the 17 sculptures in the garden, improve the aesthetics of the Gaines Street area while creating a safe environment for guests of Tallahassee's largest outdoor exhibition space. The 621 Sculpture Garden will be a destination for cultural tourism, bringing visitors from across the region, the nation and abroad to Florida’s Capital City.

Wood + Partners, Inc. and the Florida State University Master Craftsman Studios have come together to create a comprehensive Sculpture Garden renovation plan. The plan includes landscape and lighting improvements and sculpture conservation. The sculpture garden will function as an outdoor exhibition space for permanent and rotating artwork.

In order to succeed, this project needs support from dedicated community members like you! The 621 Gallery is looking for volunteers to help tend to the Sculpture Garden as well as cash and in-kind donations to sustain the garden throughout the year. All contributions to The 621 Gallery are tax deductible. Contact Executive Director Denise Drury at (850) 224-6163 or executivedirector@621gallery.org for more information.

Charles Hook

Florida State University art professor and internationally known sculptor Charles Hook died March 17, 2008 after a two year battle with cancer. He was 59.

On March 6, the Charles Hook Sculpture Garden at 621 Gallery was dedicated in the artist's honor at the Railroad Square Art Park.

Hook's large-scale, abstract metal sculptures can be found around Tallahassee in locations such as Innovation Park, Tallahassee Community College, Premiere gym and St. John's Episcopal Church. He also created works in the United Kingdom and South America.

Hook is survived by his wife, Deborah LaGrasse, and two daughters, Julia Hook and Cayce Hook. He also is survived by one brother, two sisters and his mother, Evelyn Hook, who still lives on the family homestead in Kentucky. A private gathering for friends and family was held March 23 at the Hook home. An exhibition of Hook's work and a memorial iron-pouring is being planned for October in Railroad Square Art Park.


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