Art in the Woods

People respond differently to the woods that are a big part of the landscape at Glen Villa It’s hard to miss the difference. Some hike through the forest intent on getting someplace, noticing very little.  Others spy things I’ve never seen.

The art installations I’m creating throughout the property generate widely different reactions. For some people, the installations are intrusive. Some find them intriguing, some are left indifferent. Only occasionally does someone responds strongly and immediately, finding the signs, words and thoughts as meaningful as I do.

In Transit/En Route: the sundial clearing in the woods
What accounts for the difference? Who knows. One day a person may be preoccupied with his or her own thoughts, another day more attuned to what’s around them. They may be talking or taking photos  rather than looking. Maybe their shoes are too tight, maybe they’re hungry. Maybe being outdoors leaves them cold. (Not surprising, with our winter temperatures.) 
Two of my installations, though, usually make people stop, look and wonder.  Abenaki Walking is a tribute to the first inhabitants of the Eastern Townships. One day I’ll write about it. 
The other installation is In Transit, or En Route in French, a part of which is pictured above. It’s a bilingual installation that uses words and signs to think about the passage of time. Stayed tuned for more on this…. coming soon.

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