Meet the Artists
Throughout the Kennard Park trail, thirteen local, nationally and internationally known artists have displayed their unique sculptures. Each talented artist has a different story to tell using different mediums and artistic techniques, each expressing their love and appreciation for the beautiful nature surrounding us in our every day lives.
Biomimetics is the imitation of nature to solve complex human problems. "Bios" is Greek for life; "mimesis," to imitate. Biomimetic technologies involve biologically-inspired engineering at both the macro and micro levels. Biomimetics is not a new idea: We have been looking at Nature for answers throughout our existence. There are naturally-evolved solutions to many of today's engineering problems, such as the ability to self-heal and self-assembly, ways to tolerate environmental exposure, control of exposure to water, and the harnessing of solar energy. MyRaincatcher/ cistern, simultaneously celebrates the industrial and plastic artswith its machined welded culvert galvanized steeljuxtaposed against the delicate, hand modeled, lost wax , cast bronzeraincharm chains.
Color Notes at kennard
Three pieces work together exploring the park with a combination of objective on-site footage, patterned compositions, and abstracted colors.
Digital Wallpaper: Digital Wallpaper in themain conference room with a large-scale kaleidoscopic composition integrates multiple images of the wooded area during winter.
Video Work: A “color piano” video that uses color notes from winter and fall creating an abstract piece that calls attention to the changing seasons.
Exterior Sculpture: Based on the video, tall rectangular acrylic “keys” of colorarranged in a group that have varying degrees of transparency, with the tree bark and dark green and sky opaque and the ephemeral fall leaf colors more translucent. I feel that the sensation of turning and spinning conveysthe theme of changing seasons and temporarily of nature.
I discovered that a section of the park in Brookline had been used as a town landfill. This lead to the idea that the layers would be composed of both “ natural” and man made materials and also materials collected on the site. In Strata, the stratification of newspapers, books, sticks, stones, hay, and mattresses is a metaphor for the overlay of experiences, memories, and ideas. Layers of thought, place and time are embodied in the physical layering of materials.
Being surrounded by nature draws me inward. The sounds, smells, color, the touch, are all forms that speak through the mineral, plant and animal life. The world of nature provides us with a perfect harmony heaven on earth. Take a moment and be with all of that nature offers. Listen to that which is around you...notice the little tiny plants and how they connect and contrast with the trees. How the rocks may provide as host to plants and many different creatures underneath them. Notice how the fallen trees can remind one of a carcass and how they serve as homes and food for some living being.
When I was a child, I would spend many hours in the woods, exploring, making and playing house, playing hide and seek, using nature as a pallet for my imagination to come alive. You could not pull me away from my adventure until it was time for dinner ̈on my way home to eat ̈ I can remember feeling such a deep contentment from the day. The wonders of nature completely enthralled me.
My art reflects the beauty of nature and how we can appreciate that in our life! I love to make dwellings of nature from nature. Places one can hide, places where one can be content and be more connected to the earth. Places where one can see and not be seen! The mystery of nature. I am intrigued how some walk by a treasure and others may seize it.
Making dwellings for birds to nest or a place for them to perch is a great pleasure and honor to provide. I feel received when they use what I have provided. Also creating a place to sit and be and take in nature is also a gift for a person. Someone who forgets to stop and “be” for a moment. To take a deep breath and release and let go and take in the profound nature that we are so fortunate to behold!
May my art inspire you to go inward and take in the world of nature that surrounds you but allow you to go deeper within yourself for a deeper rest to just “be”.
Reflection on the Ornithology of Naturalist Conservationist Frederick Kennard and Memorial to Extinct Species
Fred Kennard's interest in birds began in boyhood; his oldest friends
cannot remember a time when he was not interested in them.
Porcelain Japanese lanterns hung from the tree arecolorful objects inspired by the common use of paper lanterns as lighting and ornaments for outdoor events in the era of Frederick Kennard. The images on them refer to orntihological taxidermy projects which Frederick Kennard created and donated to Harvard during his lifetime.
Earthenware black eggs with etched images related to bird species which have become extinct and extant since Kennard's time period will be nestled into notches and and between branches of the tree.
The stoneware bird bath with solar lights highlights the tree as evening approaches
How do we teach each other to see more deeply? To be more aware of what is actually around us? To slow down, take a breath and take the time to observe.
I want the work to be found, stumbled upon. The idea of stone cairns come to mind, like the piece somehow marks the way but is not overt. I will create small ceramic pieces that are placed in the landscape and reflect aspects of my layered and embedded history in this town. My totem will hold pencil, paper, magnifying glasses and other items and will give prompts to visitors for how to look and draw the nature that visitors see.
For many years I have been fascinated by the age of trees and their ability to adapt or effect their environments despite their apparent immobility and the slowness of their response. Their relationship to time is different than ours. They are vulnerable, but powerful. Recent research suggests they may communicate chemically with each other in far more sophisticated ways than we previously imagined. Certainly we have come to recognize our absolute dependence on them and the essential stability they provide to the diverse communities they help flourish.
These five trees interest me because, as tall mature trees that stand on the edge of a field, their grouping is singular. They are impressive and grand. The viewer can easily walk among them and experience the vast space they enclose. Each tree is an individual, but clearly they stand in a group. It is my interest to create a piece that is a direct response to and defined by aspects of Kennard Park.
For this project, I would like to create a weave of connections from each tree to the others. These connections would be defined as broad bands of color connecting the trees at varying heights up their trunks. Each connection would be a different color. With 5 trees, these simple connections would create a dynamic configuration of color, movement and space. They would make visible the singular configuration of this community of trees at this time and this place.
Propeller Bench- an Ultralight Cooling Station
Take a seat.
Spin the propeller.
Feel the breeze.
Contemplate whirled peace!
As an artist who rarely sits still, I began to explore the conundrum of a kinetic, yet peaceful resting place. Well worn propeller blades languishing in my airplane hangar quickly informed my vision. I imagined a tree bench with a gently spinning propeller in place of leaves. “leaves” to create cooling breezes whilst they lounge together under their kinetic Propeller Tree.
As the spinning wheel turns below their feet, they are free to VISUALIZE WHIRLED PEACE – and, perhaps someday, THE WHEEL THING!
Don’t Believe Everything You See
The visual perception of the space will be challenged by the objects not conforming to viewers expectations. The sculpture will consist of 15 circular wheels. Even though the actual size of the wheels will range from 14’ to 42”, they will look the same size. This illusion will be possible by precise spacing of the objects and selecting initial point of viewing. As viewers will come closer to the objects their perception of the objects will change and they’ll discover illusion.
Don’t believe everything you see.
Pavilion of the Sun
Red Gate, andSun Pavilion, with an open dome top. offers a dramatic greeting and salutation. 15 feet high, welded aluminum, powder-coated red . Sun Pavilion 14 feet highdirectly behind the red gatewith a backdrop of tall pine trees . There is an interactive element: on the inner face of each column inside the pavilion will be a mirrored surface of stainless steel that will reflect the sunlight along with the faces and bodies of visitors.
The Sun Pavilion has the promise of something ceremonial and celestial, open to the sky.
Bench (Natural Balance)
A combination of the rough and refined. The light and the dark.
The Natural and Hand made.
Peter Diepenbrock: Buddhalaiti's Dream: The Transference
Spectral Shift II
Sculptural objects, in a variety of sizes, shapes, and structures, fabricated from stainless steel, arranged across a small portion of the ‘fern glade’ close enough to the trail to be touched, while others are at a viewable distance suspended from appropriate tree branches, just high enough to be out of reach. The suspended piece made from multiple arcs of stainless steel, intermixed with colored dichroic glass discs turns in the breeze, casting colored light reflections all over the surrounding environment.
The intention is to create a strange otherworldly environment of alien-esque artifacts. Fragments of some kind of alien intelligence or presence, set in an otherwise, perfectly quiet, natural environment
While Researching charm bracelets for my collaborative piece i had the good fortune of reacquainting myself with my mothers old charm bracelet; something that had brought me hours of fascination as a child. This was a lovely moment between me and my mother. I began thinking of things my mother loved, and remembered from my childhood the presence of fuchsia flowers, always in a hanging basket, always struggling in the conditions at our summer house. Remembering the way the rain cascaded off of their little flowers and clung to the very ends of their stamens after a shower cemented them as the perfect crux between the rain chain and my mothers charm bracelet. Thehigh fire multi-flame with theircascading amber chandelier dropscatch the light and rain the way I remember.
Friends of Kennard Park, Inc. wish to acknowledge the following interns:
Rebecca Barnes and Frankie Doyle for their continues edits of the website; marketing development; creating the speaker series postcards; developing the visually impaired braille component to the show; assisting with the signage and trail development of the Kennard Sculpture Trail
Margaret Bearse for helping with art installations to the park
Sydney Beck for helping with art installations to the park