Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce Boston Sculptors at 30! an installation of extraordinary diversity and excellence displaying over fifty works of art. Highfield Hall welcomes Boston Sculptors Gallery artists as they celebrate their 30th anniversary as the country’s first artist-run sculpture cooperative. All forty-five artists have responded to Highfield Hall’s landscape, gardens, architecture, its history, and Cape Cod in general, by creating and selecting site sensitive work. Shown on the grounds and installed throughout the house visitors to Highfield Hall will discover the artists’ sculptural responses to ‘place,’ worked in a variety of materials involving a wide range of media. The art by the award-winning artists ranges from monumental in scale to infinitely small and personal.
Fourteen outdoor works sensitive to the trees, hills, and windswept landscape surrounding Highfield Hall are on view through October 30, 2022. One such piece is by Rhode Island artist and retired Northeastern University professor Ed Andrews. Andrews’ Prothesis for a Fallen Giant greets visitors at the crest of the hill as one approaches the grounds. Andrews built a tower of steel upon which he has a living European beech sapling, together standing over fourteen feet atop an aged beech tree stump, the tower has intricate steel banding mirroring growth patterns and the outline of the stump. This tender yet mighty reminder of a former beech tree is one example of an artist recognizing the importance of place in public art. More examples surround the house, made of marble, bronze, ceramic, upcycled plastic, and aluminum such as Andy Zimmermann’s Seven Sprouts, where the seven
elements seem to spring from the ground in anticipation of blooming flowers or other living matter, an energetic reminder of lawn tennis activity once played at that same site. New Hampshire based artist Andrea Thompson, created Keel of the Sun a gold-leafed arc of wood, mounted on slim steel legs, is located on the lawn behind the house. Suggesting nautical heritage and celestial awareness, the sculpture marks the movement of the mid-summer sun across the landscape and references a boat’s keel, the piece is, in the artist’s words, “ a meditation on how we build our lives day by day.” Night-time visitors to the grounds can enjoy the phosphorescent GLOW by Boston artist Marilu Swett, located on the hill bank leading to the West Garden. More work is located along the Historic Beech Tree Path, in the rhododendron dell, and in both formal gardens.
One has until August 21st to visit the interior galleries to see BSG’s remaining thirty-five sculptures. Art fills the galleries on both floors, where diverse expressions in materials as vast as cast bronze, automotive paint covered coyote skeleton, animation video, ultraviolet illuminated text, even a dedicated room installation titled Field Hospital comprised of cyanotype printed cloth and army cots. Field Hospital by Liz Shepherd and Suzanne Mosely is where the past intersects with the contemporary. The installation draws inspiration from the popular drama Downton Abbey and housing injured WWI soldiers, the Spanish Flu, historic houses, and current medical practices around the pandemic. Celebrating the Boston Sculptors Gallery Boston Sculptors at 30! at Highfield Hall & Gardens offers a unique summer get-away for visitors where art, history, and nature are on center stage.
Art Indoors – July 12- August 21, 2022
Art Outdoors – July 12 – October 30, 2022.
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm