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One of Ezekiel’s commissions was the 11 larger-than-life sculptures of Classical and Renaissance artists commissioned by William Corcoran to grace the external niches of the façade of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. between 1879 and 1884. When Corcoran relocated his collection to a new, larger art gallery in 1897, the sculptures passed into private hands.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the sculptures were acquired by the Norfolk Botanical Garden as part of the vision of Fred Huette (Norfolk’s head of parks) for the Garden to serve as an “International Outdoor Museum of Fine Arts.”
For the last 40 years, the 11 statues have graced a long, grassy promenade known as “Statuary Vista,” which has become a highly visited specialty garden and focal point for visitors to contemplate the beauty of the Ezekiel art in a natural setting of trees and perennial plants.