The Nara Park piece features life size birds cut from flat sheet steel. I made a paper pattern for each–like a sewing pattern, but no seam allowances needed. This is the crow, flying over fields around the pond. While thinking about a concept for the piece, I sketched birds and animals I saw or remembered in the park. The final selection was based on size (I wanted to balance large, small, and medium-sized creatures), as well as most commonly-seen inhabitants: Great Blue Heron, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Pumpkinseed sunfish, and last but not least a bullfrog, leaping away from the hungry heron’s beak.
Sean wore waders, but the pond ice held and he did a quick and expert job of bolting our new sculpture to its rock in Nara Park, Acton, Mass. Joyce Audy Zarins constructed the beautiful steel animals and structure, which turns gently in the wind. I designed the birds and animals using the park’s swallows, heron, frogs, and sunfish as models. The piece, in mild steel, will weather and attain its final chestnut-brown color over the winter. I’ll check back again to see how the color progresses. Commissioned by the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, the official unveiling will be in spring, 2014.
Acid rain is the bane of outdoor sculpture in many parts of the world, but a new product made of sulfate-reducing bacteria shows dramatic results in this Florentine cemetery…read on!
Some of my new and old pieces are at Posh Design Center in Norwood, Massachusetts, along with sculptor friend Karen Meninno’s decor items, sculpture, and wallpaper. Join us for Martinis & Mistletoe holiday open house on December 7th, and take a look at the entire renovated mill building, which houses vintage furniture shops, galleries, and even a gourmet dog bakery….
My latest project involves documentating a habitat restoration project in a small, wooded area near my home. Removal of invasive plants is currently underway, and the next step will be re-introducing native species. My photographs of the site are being shown at my studio open house this weekend, September 28-29th, and at the Thoreau Center at the Presidio, San Francisco.
at the opening of my latest show at San Francisco’s Presidio, but will certainly be there in spirit. I’ll publish my piece soon–it’s a photograph of one of my sculptures in a field of invasive plants.
The truly amazing Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts will be closing the doors of its fabled building in December of this year. The collection of arms and armor–short- and broadswords; people, dog and horse armor; halbreds, daggers, and maces–all beautiful and awesome in their sculptured practicality–will go to the Worcester Art Museum.
From the top: Medusa head plaque, Roman, about 100 C.E., Maximilian field armor with grotesque visor, German composite field armor, iron face from a 17th-century armorer’s vise. For hours and directions, including dates of summer festivals and special events: www.higgins.org
I just finished the next in my series of Young Adult articles on female sculptors. Theo Kitson and Meta Fuller both spent their working lives in the Boston area, but their careers and concerns were shaped by radically different attitudes. Theo, born in 1871, was a sculptor of soldiers and memorials, and helped shape the national war memorial in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Meta Fuller, born just six years later, created bold monuments to the lives of African Americans before the Harlem Renaissance.
Go to the “newest articles” page to download both pdfs!
I finally stopped at the grave of two Brigham children, dated 1888, at the Main Street Cemetery in Hudson, Mass. After some prolonged rain, a pool has formed between the two marble children, whose weathered faces look up to Heaven.
The annual outdoor sculpture show is up at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass. This stainless steel piece is one of two in the exhibit by Gillian Christy of Dorchester. “American Dream,” ideally situated in one of the historic landscape’s newly mown fields, is both earnest and wry. The piece is made up of alternating sections of stairs and rolls of picket fencing, stretching 13 feet to the sky.