The New Canaan Land Trust has partnered with the Carriage Barn Arts Center to create a four-month art exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. The exhibition, named the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, will feature sculptural installations on Land Trust preserves throughout New Canaan and at the Carriage Barn. Regional artists have been invited by the Carriage Barn, via an online prospectus, to submit proposals for sculptures that commemorate Earth Day’s upcoming milestone and uniquely complements the landscape of the designated sites.
The sculpture trail will feature up to eight juried-works of temporary sculpture placements at the Land Trust’s preserves and in the front courtyard of the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park, located at 677 South Avenue in New Canaan. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations that respond to the scale, geography and context of the distinct properties. An Exhibit Advisory Committee, which draws from the world of art and naturalism, will evaluate and select the exhibition’s featured sculptures. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15. The final selection will be announced in February. The exhibition will run from early April through July.
Tom Cronin, president of the Land Trust’s board said, “Connecting audiences to art and nature in the setting of our preserves is a wonderful way to recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.” He continued, “We believe that New Canaan Sculpture Trail will make New Canaan a destination for many to observe these unique sculptures while instilling a greater appreciation of the natural world that surrounds us.”
The sculpture trail has been made possible by the support of the Harlan and Lois Anderson Foundation, who will serve as the lead sponsor. The foundation’s sponsorship, along with other still-to-be-named sponsors, would help cover the costs of artist stipends, property preparation and maintenance and promotional costs of the trail.
Hilary Wittmann, executive director of the Carriage Barn, said, “We’re excited to partner with the New Canaan Land Trust and to create this special opportunity for regional artists. The selected installations will be visually engaging and also celebrate and respond to each unique natural environment.”
The Exhibit Advisory Committee is comprised of Richard Klein, director of exhibitions, The Contemporary Art Museum; Thea Lanzisero, president, Sculptors Guild; Hilary Wittmann, executive director at the Carriage Barn and Aaron Lefland, executive director of the Land Trust. For more information, contact Lefland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Land Trust at 203-972-1270. For the prospectus, go to the Carriage Barn’s website for the trail at www.carriagebarn.org/sculpture-trail.