Sculpture Embraces Horticulture

WHEN: Friday, August 01, 2014 to Monday, October 13, 2014
WHERE: Blithewold Grounds

Blithewold is a place where nature meets culture and where the wilderness of Narragansett Bay borders cultivated gardens full of indigenous and international plants that inspired our exhibit's regional, national, and international artists. The artist's contemplation of Blithewold’s unique environment, from the tallest sequoia to the smallest trout lily, brings about a symbiosis of nature and technology.

The interaction between plants and their environment is so complex that plant neurobiology is a newly-emerging field. These emerging realities have intrigued and inspired the selection of artists. In "Sculpture Embraces Horticulture," we witness metal and bamboo art activated by the sun and wind, a tide clock fueled by the rise and fall of the ocean, fabric lit by photovoltaic cells, metal warmed by thermal air currents and a wind harp capturing the breeze off of Narragansett Bay.

Follow the sculptors through their creative process, click here to visit the Sculpture Embraces Horticulture
web page.

There will also be Sculpture Embraces Horticulture Intimate Tours of the exhibit, guided by curator Allison Newsome. As part of a small and informal group, discover the story behind Sculpture Embraces Horticulture, a site-specific sculpture exhibit created to highlight Blithewold’s exquisite landscape. As we go through the entire collection, Allison will share information about each artist, as well as give us a glimpse into the process of creating a large-scale sculpture installation. To view and register for the specific tours, please click the dates below.

August 7th
August 14th
August 21st
August 28th


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