Explore our grounds and experience the natural beauty of our Sculpture Trail and 12 acres of gardens and lawns!
The outdoor component of the David Smalley Memorial Exhibition will remain on view through October 29th, giving visitors the opportunity to engage with eleven of Smalley’s large-scale sculptures sited on the museum’s beautiful grounds, and with twelve works installed on the Campus of Connecticut College. You can download the free self-guided sculpture trail tour from Camel Tours with this link http://cameltours.org/ct/u20/t41/.
"Event" by Darrell Petit
Darrell Petit was born in Montreal, Canada and currently lives and works in Stony Creek, Connecticut. Petit’s work, Event, deals with balance and opposition between masculinity and femininity, dark and light, along with vastness and intimacy. Event reflects Petit’s maturing minimalist aesthetic through these simplistic yet monolithic stones which portray a deep appreciation of nature. The work is comprised of two 25-ton Stony Creek granite blocks leaning towards each other in a carefully balanced embrace. The stones have a deep connection to the earth, the air and the sky surrounding them with a strong upward movement and transcendental quality.
"Star and Sea" by Allyson Holtz
Allyson Holtz is a third generation Connecticut artist who currently resides and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The monumental sculpture Star and Sea was created to reflect the rich history and character of New London. The original location of the sculpture – overlooking the Thames River and beyond it, Long Island Sound – points to the significance of water, the sea, submarines, and sailing ships. Holtz‘s design was inspired by the quadrant and sextant, nautical instruments of measurement. The triangularity of the instruments and the shapes of sails were her visual starting points. As quoted by Holtz, “I envisioned Star and Sea as a metaphorical instrument, projecting imaginary lines through time and space; connecting the City to its history, anchoring it to its present and projecting it into its future”.
"Foo Dog" by Unknown Artist
This is a traditional Chinese Foo Dog which can be traced back to the Ching Dynasty. It is seven feet high and made of bronze. This powerful work is said to have once kept evil spirits away from Chinese Palaces and symbolized energy and value. These mythical beasts, a cross between a stout dog and a lion, are commonly found a temples, tombs, or garden entrances, where they perform a gargoyle’s task of protecting buildings. Standing guard with its teeth bared, this sculpture is protecting the art and discouraging evil from entering the museum.
"Cat’s Cradle Sun Bench" & "Altar of Decision" by Alvin Sher
Have a seat! Cat’s Cradle is both a bench and functioning sundial. Sher is a native to Niantic, Connecticut and creator of sculptures which explore human curiosities. Architectural forms are used as a vehicle to portray scientific issues with a combination of ancient and modern technologies. The image of the hand is his signature form, intended as a symbol of greeting or welcome, along with an extension of time and space. Altar of Decision, an exploration of ancient palmistry, is symbolized by the center following the ‘line of life’ across the palm of the open greeting hand. The sculpture also was used as the sculptor’s wedding platform.