When J. Seward Johnson and friends established the Grounds for Sculpture, they decided to build an upscale restaurant on the property. Since The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame was one of Johnson's favorite books as a kid, he wanted to use themes from that story around the grounds. One of these, animal characters offering food to the others, became the name for this restaurant, Rat's Restaurant. In the story, Rat lived on a house boat and never had a restaurant, but he was always talking about food. Thus, Johnson gave him a restaurant at long last. Below are scenes from around the restaurant area.
The first image shows the fanciful entrance to the restaurant, with a bench nearby. The second is a diptych showing two views of the entrance. It is supposed to resemble a tinker's wagon.
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