Thursday, March 17, 2011

Updated: Madeline Lord's Garden Sculptures: Inspiring Thoughts of Spring

I did something last month that made me literally feel giddy inside.  I purchased my first sculpture,  created by a wonderful metal artist, Madeline Lord.

Update: Since writing this blog, I couldn't resist purchasing two more pieces from her!  I finally got my polar bear!

Polar Bear


Additionally, she has generously donated a metal art sculpture to FANSplash, whose mission is to revitalize Borggaard Beach in Winchester, in order to create a public, accessible, outdoor recreational facility and to return this unpolished resource back into to the community gathering place it once was, and will be again- in less than three months!

I, personally, have been a fan of Ms. Lord's work since I first saw her metal polar bears and fabulous carved shovels at the Art for the EcoFest Exhibit at Winchester's First Annual Eco Festival in 2008.

In the past twenty years she has created both large public works as well as many small cut steel sculptures for homes or gardens. You can see more of her work on her main website, a sample of her outdoor sculptures can be found here.

Her work has been included multiple summers at Chesterwood Contemporary Sculpture, and was featured in Sculpture Fest, Woodstock Vermont in 2002. In 2003 she created a 9/11 Memorial , "The Enduring American Spirit" for the town of Whitinsville, MA, and was one of 30 sculptors invited to design a garden installation for the City of Chicago's Millenium Park opening celebration.

Blue Woman Circa 1845
Her recent work combines found scrap metal into figures, cities, animals or clothes.   A set of cut enamel steel bowties is included in a national traveling exhibit "Trashformations East" first shown at the Brockton Fuller Craft Museum in 2005.

She collaborated with artist Ruth Bragg from 1990-94 and they have a permanent work, "Seers", at the Forest Hills MA. Cemetery.  She has also been included in juried exhibits at the Forest Hills site.

Recent work includes memorial portraits, and a garden installation based on children's artwork for a school in Winchester.  She plans to install new work in 2007 based on Middle School student artwork from the  Sewickley Academy - Sewickley PA. She is planning new work for exhibit during summer 2007 at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard MA., the Patricia Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich NH, the Millbrook Gallery in Concord NH, and Sculpture Pasture in Bedford MA.

I am thrilled that I now have a beautiful piece of art that also brightens my day, snow on the ground or not!  

If you have a friend or loved one who is an avid gardner, a metal sculpture would be a very thoughtful gift!  

If your friend isn't a successful gardner, a very large garden sculpture may be even more appreciated : )

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