The Garden That Pepsico Built

In 1965, Pepsico’s former chairman of the board and CEO Donald M. Kendall had a forward thinking idea: conceiving the grounds around its world headquarters in Purchase, NY as a magnificent curated sculpture garden.

Working with famed garden designer Russell Page, he had the property transformed into an arboretorial work of art, incorporating sculptures by renowned artists in areas around, between and under the canopy of trees, shrubs, grasses and imaginative forest-like trails that envelop the landscape.

A lily pad pond with bridges to a grassy center
"Double Oval" by Henry Moore

The sculptures are a dramatic contrast to the extensive variety of flora on display. Standing boldly, each piece is a unique contribution to the collection. And the effect in total is inspiring, alluring and certainly a daily treat for the corporate employees who work there.

"Totems" by Robert Davidson
"The Wheel" by Seymour Lipton

While visiting, this is what struck me the most—the thought that their workers can enjoy this oasis when arriving daily, stroll through during lunch, and see the evening sun set over the lush land and art that inhabits the space when departing for the day. This kind of respectful consideration to provide an uplifting experience for the employees is remarkable.

"Kiosque l'evide" by Jean Dubuffet
"Giant Trowel II" by Claes Oldenberg

The gardens are open to the public on weekends during the months of April through November and it is a pleasure to see the grounds and vast array of sculpture works. Whether imposing, lyrical or humorous, they each have a special character which invites a closer look. There is an audio tour that can be downloaded as well, so that you can fully learn about each piece.

"Celebration II" by Louise Nevelson
"Passage" by Richard Erdman--one of the largest sculptures made from a single block of travertine

The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens makes for a quiet, contemplative day away from the city and is perfect when in need of a respite far from the madding crowd.

Open weekends 10:00am-4:00pm through November 19.

One of three in Arnaldo Pomodoro's "Triad"

Special Note: Thank you to Jake Lipman and Philip Rothman for organizing the visit, transportation and additional photography.