Kennard Park Sculpture Trail 2016

Kennard Park and Recreation | Newton Parks and Recreation | MA

Deborah Putnoi’s website

How do we see? 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. The Kennard Park public art piece I will be creating are pieces that are “hidden” or embedded in the nature trails that need to be found and seen by looking carefully at the nature around us.

Walking the trail off of Audubon Drive, I was immediately taken in by the wild, quiet beauty and the enveloping smell of pine needles and summer foliage. Having grown up in the area and having my aunt and Rabbi live on Audubon Drive my whole life I never knew that these trails existed. I felt as I walked the path that I had crossed through a secret door and was transported to my favorite trails in Vermont and yet I was two miles from my own home. I was giddy with excitement but sad at the moments I have missed out in those woods.

Growing up in Newton and now raising a family here my memories are layered and embedded in the streets and landscapes over time. When I was in elementary school every year my brother and I took a pottery or ceramic class after school. My mother would sign us up for a class at a different local woman’s home and we would enter the creative basement of different ceramic artists. One woman had her studio right on Crystal Lake and we learned the art of Raku.

As I was walking through the trails I decided I want to make a piece that is subtle and doesn't necessarily detract from the nature. 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. And the history of the trail and space.

I will also be creating a totem that 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.

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