Par-La-Ville Park is now home to a Sculpture garden - part of the Bermuda National Gallery's celebrations for their 15th anniversary.

Mayor of Hamilton Sutherland Madeiros officially opened the park yesterday, dedicating it to the memory of the late John Hinson Young II and his wife Nelga Young.

Three of the sculptures - Enzo Plazzotta's 'Jeté', Berthold Schiwetz's 'Praying Mantis Fountain', and 'Birds of Flight' by George Gach - were bequeathed to the BNG by the Youngs in 2005.

The fourth piece is 'Student' by Jonothan Mhondorohuma.

The Sculpture Garden, a joint project between the Corporation of Hamilton and the BNG, fulfils a condition of the Youngs' request that the sculptures be shared by the community in a "museum without walls."

Fifteen people who have played a key role in the museum's establishment and evolution were also presented with awards yesterday. The recipients were: Founding trustees Desmond Fountain, Charles Zuill, Michael Darling, Dennis Sherwin, the late Jay Bluck, Ruth Thomas, John Kaufmann, Maurine Cooper, and Georgine Hill; long-time patrons and supporters Edgar Humann, Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Albert and Louise Jackson, and Geoffrey and Fay Elliott; and John Hinson Young II and Nelga Young.

Laura Gorham, Director of the BNG, said: "The Bermuda National Gallery was created with a mission to promote, benefit and advance the visual arts in Bermuda through creating a collection of significant artworks both from Bermuda and worldwide.

"In doing so, our goal was also to bring the community together to share and appreciate art," she said.

"Public art is an essential element of that community involvement and by fulfiling the late John Hinson Young's dream of a museum without walls, we are truly making art part of people's everyday lives for now and the future.

"We are extremely grateful to the Corporation of Hamilton for both sharing this vision with us and enabling us to make it a reality."