”Forests are a living legacy to the history of a community. By bearing witness to important events, our forests create a sense of place, grounding us in our connection from the present to the past.” (quote from Curator Statement about Art Ramble 2019 curators: Jess Muise Nancy Lippe)
Six weeks over and just two weeks left, I took the golden opportunity of a sunlit October morning to take the trail through Hapgood-Wright Town Forest around Fairyland Pond and enjoy fourteen temporary art installations connected by the theme, Witnessing Change. I hope to go again before it ends November 1 and to convince anyone who can to go as well. Each stop on Art Ramble 2019 offers an enlightening way to engage with some aspect of the forest.
“Visitors are invited to lean over the mirror, where they can see both themselves and the canopy of trees above them, linking them together and suggesting their interconnection. Peering down to look up, people will see trees from a different angle and, perhaps, in a new light. “( quote from statement for Jen Fuchel – Our Trees, Ourselves )
Above and below are photos of a few views on Art Ramble 2019. For context, click on the Art Ramble 2019 link that leads to more about the overall project, location, the artists, and additional connections.
See images of other fabric installations by Leah Medin.
“In ancient Celtic tradition, a “Clootie Well” was a holy place. Pilgrims would travel to these wells in hopes of using the healing power of the water to cure ails, leave offerings to their gods or to expect their prayers to be answered. Nearby trees became spontaneous collective memorials where offerings were hung as a representation of their prayer or wish.”(quote from Rebecca McGee Tuck about the Clootie Wishing Tree)
Participating Artists: Delanie Wise, Freedom Baird, Jen Fuchel, Karen Krolak & Nicole Harris, Karin Sanborn, Lara Wilson, Leah Medin, Lisa Link, Liz Helfer, Max Payne, Nancy Winship Milliken Studio, Paul Angiolillo, Paul Ruhlmann, Rebeccah Tuck, Sophia Dilibero