I hadn’t been to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in many years, so I returned this past weekend to re-explore the park. I quickly re-discovered why I love this place so much. Located in Lincoln, it’s a short drive from Boston/Cambridge, and is a beautiful place to explore on a nice fall day.
Eternal Presence by John Wilson, is a large bronze sculpture that was designed as a tribute to the history of black people in Massachusetts. I love this sculpture, it has a quiet majesty as it looks over the main lawn.
Endangered Species of New England by Alan Sonfist, is a landscape installation best seen from above. The leaves depict endangered trees, and the eagle depicts the endangered bald eagle. What I love is how the installation changes as your perspective changes. From the low path below, the leaves stand out like huge signs. From the museum deck up above, it’s the eagle in the lawn that reads the most clearly.
Donut with 3 Balls by Fletcher Benton is a huge Cor-ten steel sculpture that plays with geometry, form and balance. The kids at the park really loved this sculpture. Maybe its the recognizable forms, the size, or just the temptation to climb on it (which isn’t allowed of course….)
I think my favorite sculpture in the park is Humming by Jaume Plensa. I was lucky to catch up with a tour and hear some details about the artist, and the construction method of this sculpture. Humming is a large marble sculpture of a young girl, and it is incredibly serene and through provoking. The proportions of the figure have been stretched vertically, while the horizontal layers of marble balance the composition. These details make you really do a double take. Plensa constructed this piece through a series of manipulated photographs, 3D models and computer aided sculpting. It’s quite beautiful.