Last Sunday, Aaron, Eva and I stopped by the Upper Meadow to revisit the upper meadow and see the sculptures we missed the last time we were there. Seeing art with a 2 years old can be fun, but is dictated by a toddler’s attention span… I’m so glad we made it back! The colorful knit flowers in Suzanne Tidwell’s Meadows Aloft were one of my favorites, and based on time spent actually looking at them, were Eva’s favorite as well. Several have slumped over, which meant Eva could ring the bells in the flower centers. Maybe this was intentional, maybe not, but was a nice art evolution.
For another work, nature’s evolution impacted the art. The tree that DNA Planta Genetica, by Mary Coss, was installed on fell over. I didn’t see the piece before this transformation, but I really liked it when I did see it. It was almost like an archaeological remnant, an unexpected discovery of something that had been there for years and years.
The textured concrete forms of Spriral Set (Kristin Shimick) managed to create a soft organic feeling. The braille engravings in Elements of Life (Lucy Mae Martin) provided another tactile aspect and a reminder that there are many ways to experience the world.