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Land Trust Previews New Canaan Sculpture Trail Signature Sculpture “Passages” Installed to Inspire Hope in Pandemic The New Canaan Land
Previews New Canaan Sculpture Trail
Sculpture “Passages” Installed to Inspire Hope in Pandemic
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
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
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.
Learn more, visit https://sculpture.newcanaanlandtrust.org/
April 2 (Thursday) 1:00 am - August 1 (Saturday) 11:55 pm
New Canaan Land Trust Hannan-Eberstadt Preserve
Rt 123 & Canoe Hill Roads, New Canaan, CT
New Canaan Land TrustBeth Sanford PO Box 425, New Canaan, CT 06840