Trips inspire collections ~ Decordova Sculpture Park

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If you’ve never been to the deCordova Sculpture Park, put it on your list of things to do.  My husband and I picked a beautiful day to explore the park.  We wanted to see the newly installed  “Red, Blue and Yellow’.

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“Red, Yellow and Blue features Genger’s renowned usage of hand-knotted, paint-covered rope, configured in bright, undulating walls in three primary colors that wind through deCordova’s 30-acre lawn, pathways, and hillsides. At deCordova, the work is comprised of about 1 million feet of rope collected from the Eastern seaboard and 3,500 gallons of paint, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds. Red, Yellow and Blue is adapted from its initial presentation in New York City’s Madison Square Park to the contours of deCordova’s grounds. The miles of crocheted and layered rope articulate the topography of the Sculpture Park, reference the familiar low-lying stone walls that line the New England countryside, and offer fresh opportunities to engage with the landscape.” more here

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As we followed Genger’s installation up over a hill top, we came upon Endangered Species of New England.

“Environmental Art pioneer Alan Sonfist creates site-specific earthworks that probe the relationships between humans, nature, and the fragility of the world they share.  (This work) began, in 2011, with the installation of four larger-than-life aluminum leaves that serve as signposts for a very real threat in our region—the potential extinction of several of New England’s most beloved native trees: the American Beech, the American Chestnut, the Burr Oak and the Sugar Maple. These sculptural leaves are totems of both warning and reverence for the trees that are silently disappearing around us. ”

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As I thought about our day at the deCordova, I was inspired to create functional planters with images of the endangered leaves.  The hand carved leaves turn on each planter like the wind is giving them a push.  The trays that the planters sit upon have been pressed with a netting like fabric to symbolize Red, Blue and Yellow. The imagery on the tray embraces the group of leaves providing protection. There is functionality to this work too; each planter has a drainage hole in the base.  The tray collects the water and keeps the plant healthy.

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