Kennard Park Sculpture Trail 2016

Kennard Park and Recreation | Newton Parks and Recreation | MA


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.

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