The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services maintain an exhibit of outdoor sculpture in the Council's Sculpture Garden. The garden is located at the Council offices at 134-136 State Street in Montpelier, next door to the Capital Region Visitors Center and is fully accessible.
The Sculpture Garden is a public/private collaboration that features rotating two-year exhibits of contemporary work created by Vermont artists. Designed in 2002 by Burlington landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Associates, it offers a place to picnic or engage in quiet reflection in Montpelier's downtown.
Michael Zebrowski, curator | Kelly Holt, assistant curator | Martin De Geus, technical assistant
“The tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.” (Joseph Beuys in conversation with Richard Demarco, 1982)
The theme of this exhibit considers time specificity relevant to site specificity in the practice of contemporary sculpture, installation art, and performance. The work installed for "SiteTime" invites the public to think about and create new perspectives of what is then, what is now, and what is to come — all relative to Vermont and our global relativity.
Erika Senft Miller, Nancy Winship Milliken, and Michael Zebrowski will work collaboratively performing additive and subtractive actions in the Sculpture Garden over time. A note on the exhibition format: This two-year sculpture exhibition will be a departure from the standard where work created off site is placed and left for the public to view, unchanged for the duration of the exhibit. The work created by this collaborative will evolve over the course of the exhibition timeframe in conjunction with a two year cycle of cordwood. Physical constructions, video and sound installations, artifacts, event-based movement performances, and stacks of slowly drying cordwood will intentionally and naturally change as the artists respond to current and ongoing cordwood rhythm. The artists have chosen to work directly with the cyclical activity of sourcing, processing, and consuming cordwood for heat during the cold months because of its vital way of connecting our hands and our energy to the Earth as it rotates around the sun. The cordwood process itself is active and constantly in flux. The artists are collectively taking direct cues from researching and experiencing the process for themselves in creation of the work — all in an effort to share a series of new perspectives of an age-old practice. The actions and physical products will be encountered, discussed, and documented. Evolution of the exhibition answers the question of what makes space productive and challenging at the same time. The community will be invited to participate as elements of the exhibition are revealed. The clock will start ticking in October 2017.
The entrance to the Sculpture Garden will be anchored by Justin Kenney’s “Eating of Morals.” Kenney’s monumental concrete sculpture was chosen through a competitive call to artists who participated in the Vermont Arts Council’s Breaking Into Business workshop. Kenney’s choice of material is to bring the utilitarian concrete substance to a place of dialogue — rooted in society and culture. As with the wood, Kenney’s piece is transformative. Created from negative space, the wax molds holding the concrete reveal the two forms coming together.