SculptureNow collaborates with The Mount in new outdoor exhibit


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LENOX — Walking through The Mount's gardens at the turn of the century, Edith Wharton probably never imagined the site could be filled with wood shapes crawling up her grove of Hemlocks, or neon orange netting sprouting from her green grass — but she probably would have liked it.

In its third collaboration with The Mount, Wharton's summer home in Lenox, SculptureNow presents a new outdoor exhibition featuring 28 large sculptures by 26 artists placed throughout the estate's 50 acres. The exhibit, "28x26x50," will run June 1 through Oct. 31.

"What is so wonderful about the exhibition is that all the 28 sculptures are new and different from previous years' works of art," SculptureNow director Ann Jon said in a prepared release. "They vary widely in concept, style and medium, and you will see sculptures moving in the wind, solid, welded steel forms resting on the ground, organic wood shapes climbing the trees, and figurative spirits in the woods."

Wharton "envisioned her gardens as an elegant series of outdoor rooms and created unique architectural compositions planned in concert with the house and the surrounding natural landscape," according to The Mount's website. The natural landscape is now punctuated by unexpected spots of color — like Bernard Klevickas' "Untitled (red assembly)" sculpture that molds, bends red metal standing tall from a metallic pole. Industrial metals stand larger than life next to the backdrop of Wharton's summer home in full bloom.

"28x26x50 is our strongest collaboration yet," said Susan Wissler, The Mount's executive director, in the release. "We have kinetic sculptures, a few political statements, an enormous interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk, and some very creative applications of industrial materials."

The show includes regionally and nationally recognized artists, including Taylor Apostol, Peter Barrett, Fielding Brown, William Carlson, Fay Chin, Peter Dellert, Gene M. Flores, Susan Flores, Sarah Haviland, Lucy Hodgson, William Jackson, Ann Jon, Stephen A. Klema, Bernard Klevickas, Philip Marshall, Evan Morse, Mount Everett High School, Gary Orlinsky, Chris Plaisted, Susan F. Rowley, Antoinette P. Schultze, Leon Smith, Robin Tost, Ellen L. Watson, John Wilkinson and Bernard Zubrowski.

Admission to the exhibition is free with admission to The Mount, which is at 2 Plunkett St. Additionally, free guided tours of the show are scheduled for July 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11, at 11:30 a.m.

A free opening celebration will be held June 13, starting with an artists-guided sculpture tour at 3:30 p.m. and followed by a reception at 5 p.m. on the Terrace overlooking the gardens.

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