Last weekend while taking pictures of covered bridges, I detoured over (or through) one of the bridges to Windsor, VT, the home of the Path of Life Sculpure Garden.
“Visitors experience the story of the great circle of life while traveling through sculptures of varying sizes and materials. Inspired by a famous garden in Europe, these eighteen works of art symbolize the journey from birth to death and beyond.” Source
I would like to have explored more but it was nearing 90 degrees Farenheit and I was in direct sun. I skipped doing the labrynth and a couple of the sculptures.
“The garden is located in a 14-acre of field of trails, wildflowers and open spaces on the banks of the Connecticut River. The path is also home to some of a 5+ mile trail network, groomed in the winter for dogsledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.“
The above images give you some sense of the labrynth. Maybe next time.
A friend and I were making images in and around MIT last month when we spotted a sculpture of a man made all from symbols. It was the Alchemist (see below). As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with this.
Alchemist is related to Jauma Plensa’s other works, Nomade (2010) and El Alma Del Ebro (2010), which are made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters of the alphabet, painted white and arranged in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest. However, in the place of letters of the alphabet, Plensa’s work for MIT is created from numeric symbols, as an “homage to all the researchers and scientists“ that have contributed to scientific and mathematical knowledge.
Adapted from: https://listart.mit.edu/public-art-map/alchemist
This sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden was inspired by Robert McCloskey’s book Make Way for Duckings about a family of ducks living on an island in the lagoon in the garden. It looks like they have been dressed for spring. You have to get there awfully early to get images without lots of children crowding the ducks.
“The Lesson” – This sculpture of a college student sits across from the entrance to McGill College in Montreal. You can make out the word “McGill” on his shirt. If you stand behind him and look at his computer screen, it is a news feed announcing the death of Steve Jobs.
Seward Johnson, the founder of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), is a sculptor himself. If you’ve been to Key West, you may have seen his work around the town hall. He also made the statue of the sailor and nurse kissing that stands next to the Midway in San Diego, CA.
He wants his work to be accessible, so it is incredibly lifelike. Most are on a real life scale, though some, like Marilyn Monroe, are rather over-sized. The last photo (the shoe) shows the level of detail in his work.
Tomorrow, we will see his reinterpretation of other artists who tried to make art accessible to the masses: the Impressionists.
Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) is a 42 acre sculpture park and museum located close to Trenton, New Jersey. This was the primary destination on our recent trip to New Jersey and we built our vacation around it. We spent four hours there and would have been there longer, except it began to rain heavily. Founded by sculptor Seward Johnson, the goal of GFS is to “promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people” through the sculpture park, museum exhibitions, and educational programs.
Over the next two days, I’ll show you some of Seward Johnson’s works.
This sculpture in Boston’s Public Garden commemorates the cherished children’s book by Robert McCloskey. A few times, I’ve seen them wearing special hats. Presumably, these are bonnets from the recent Easter holiday. I made this photo and like it in both color and BW. The color shows the form well, but the color shows the warm light. Do you have a preference?