LOCATIONHannan-Eberstadt Preserve - Rt 123 & Canoe Hill Roads
New Canaan, 06840, CT,
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The New Canaan Land Trust is proud to announce the installation of Passages, a preview of the New Canaan Sculpture Trail. This outdoor art exhibit was designed in partnership with the Carriage Barn Arts Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020 and to uniquely connect residents and visitors to our natural surroundings.
“It was important for us to install this signature piece as a hopeful reminder of better days ahead and to show the essential connection between art and nature,” commented Aaron Lefland, New Canaan Land Trust Executive Director. He continued, "We believe that Passages will serve as an inspiration to the entire community in the weeks and months to come."
The full New Canaan Sculpture Trail exhibition is scheduled to open in late spring or early summer and will include eight juried sculptures positioned at Land Trust preserves, New Canaan Town Hall and at the Carriage Barn courtyard at Waveny Park.
Passages, created by Norwalk-based artist, Thomas S. Berntsen, is a series of seven, eight-foot-tall panels that meander along a path in the center of the Hannan-Eberstadt Preserve, located at the corner of Smith Ridge (Rt. 123) and Canoe Hill Roads in New Canaan, CT. The panels are designed as individual portals of mirror, light, and color. Each has its own distinct pattern, which was inspired by and borrowed from the famous 13th-century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.
"Passages represents a series of sculptures that reflect, refract and extenuate their natural surroundings.” Berntsen explained. “Composed of dichroic film, each frame reacts to minute changes in the environment in a myriad of ways, responding to small movements of angle and light. Each visit, and each time of day, will create a unique and memorable experience."
In response to the town of New Canaan’s closure of all town parks, the Land Trust temporarily closed public access to its preserves, however, Passages can be easily viewed from the road. Visitors who wish to park their vehicles are strongly advised to do so along Canoe Hill Road.
The New Canaan Sculpture Trail has been made possible by the generous support of Lead Sponsor Harlan E. and Lois J. Anderson Foundation; contributors Stuart Higley Foundation; A.P. Construction Company, and the Town of New Canaan; and Media Sponsor Serendipity magazine.
For more information on the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, visit the website: https://sculpture.newcanaanlandtrust.org/