The New Canaan Land Trust and Carriage Barn Arts Center today unveiled the second of their biennial outdoor art exhibit, the New Canaan Sculpture Trail.
The 2022 exhibition will run through October 2022 and features a selection of ten sculptures placed in four Land Trust reserves, New Canaan Town Hall and the Carriage Barn Arts Center. This year’s theme, “Open Space for All,” aims to connect the public to our shared open spaces, deepen connections with the natural world, and inspire conversation about social and environmental justice.
The 2022 Sculpture Trail builds on the inaugural exhibition of 2020, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Launched at the start of the pandemic, the 2020 Sculpture Trail became particularly relevant as people spent more time outdoors. Since then, it has become very clear that access to the land and the outdoors plays a fundamental role in our overall health and well-being. Over ten thousand people (reported via trail cameras) visited the 2020 sculptures.
In March, the first of ten sculptures, brick truth, was installed at the Carriage Barn to preview the upcoming exhibit. The remaining nine works were installed over the past month. The various mediums range from Brickhead Truth’s More than 350 high-strength ceramic blocks, waterproof canvas of Thread diagram to recycled beer containers from The last 42 seedsthe burnt tree trunk poles of the Floating Torii Gate, and the high temperature porcelain flowers of Chaos and calm. “We are thrilled with the caliber of the sculptures selected for our second Sculpture Trail,” commented Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director of the Carriage Barn. “We believe the Sculpture Trail’s range of artwork and artists will attract and engage New Canaan residents and visitors to this fascinating exhibit.”
“We intentionally installed the sculptures in fewer places to encourage walking and access,” commented Nancy Bemis, co-chair of Sculpture Trail and board member of the New Canaan Land Trust. “Unlike 2020, where a single sculpture was installed at
preserves, we want visitors to experience multiple sculptures simultaneously, with most accessible from downtown New Canaan.”
A series of events will occur throughout the five-month exhibition. Starting with, An evening under the firefliesa grand opening celebration and fundraiser at the Carriage Barn on Friday, June 17, 7-10 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Events throughout the summer and fall will amplify the 2022 Open Space for All theme. These include programs tailored to underrepresented youth, seniors, and children and adults with disabilities. special needs throughout Fairfield County. The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society will include the Sculpture Trail in its annual October4Design lineup with an October4Design walking tour on October 15, 2022.
Participating artists hail from New England and New York and include: Thomas S. Berntsen of Norwalk, CT; Gilbert Boro of Old Lyme, Connecticut; John BonSignore of Redding, Connecticut; Carlos Davila of Bridgeport, CT; Domenic Esposito of Westwood, MA; Nicolae Golici of Stamford, NY; Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder of New York, NY; Simone Kestelman of Scarsdale, NY; Chris Plaisted of New Milford, Connecticut; and James Tyler of Haverstraw, NY.
The New Canaan Sculpture Trail was made possible through the generous support of the Harlan and Lois Anderson Foundation, which is the principal underwriter of the exhibition. Their grant, along with support from contributing sponsors – Bankwell, Hobbs, Inc., Hutchinson Tree Specialists, Inc., the City of New Canaan, Ainsley Design and Hoffman Landscapes – will help cover the costs of artist stipends, preparation ownership, maintenance and promotion expenses. Bedford and New Canaan Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of the exhibition.