The Gardens at Elm Bank Reservation at 900 Washington St. are the backdrop for a new exhibit featuring works from New England Sculptors Association artists. The sculptures, nestled among flowers and plants, are on display now. Here are some pics:
Tenacre School installs sculpture by Matisse’s great-grandaughter
Tenacre School honored retiring head of school Chris Elliot by dedicating a newly created and installed outdoor sculpture in his honor. The sculpture is located next to Tenacre’s science building. The mother-daughter artist team of Linda Hoffman and Ariel Matisse (great-granddaughter of French artist Henri Matisse, 1869 – 1954, known for his use of color) collaborated to create the sculpture – a cast of bronzed wood in honor of a large ash tree that graced the front lawn of the head of school’s home on Benvenue Street for years. The artists’ vision was to create a sculpture that expresses how new growth originates from old wood.
Ariel Matisse, who works out of a studio in Somerville, isn’t the only talented progeny of Henri who lives and creates locally. During a visit to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, I noticed that the artist of the much-loved interactive musical sculpture, Musical Fence (1980), was listed as Paul Matisse. This Matisse, another of that family’s many artistically talented members, lives in Groton, Massachusetts and happens to be Henri’s grandson.
The deCordova is a great place to take young children and expose them to art in an incredibly accessible setting. They can run around, touch many of the over 50 pieces, and generally act like children without risking the censure of the art world’s protectors. Then, if it seems like a good idea that day, you can bring them into the museum and see how they do. If it becomes immediately apparent that the the answer is going to be, “not good,” well no harm, no foul then. You’ve all come away with a good, enjoyable dose of culture at the Sculpture Park. You are a great parent.
Some other sculptures currently on display at the deCordova: