You’d think that after living in New Hampshire for fifteen years we would have seen all of the local sites, but no, we’re always finding something new.
Combining two of our favorite things, hiking and art, The Andres Institute of Art made for a perfect late Fall outing. Andres is the largest outdoor sculpture park in New England. Located in Brookline, New Hampshire, it is on the site of a former ski run. Each year, the institute invites sculptors from around the world to stay at the site and provide a sculpture which is then placed on one of the hiking trails that lead up the mountain.
Mr. C loved running around the trail, looking for the next sculpture, as if it were a scavenger hunt. There are about 80 sculptures at the park, here are some of our favorites.
Each sculpture has a small plaque placed on a nearby tree with information on the piece, and where the sculptor is from. The sculptors come from all over the world, not just the United States, including; Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Armenia, Georgia, Spain, Columbia, England, and lots of others. I wonder what the sculptors from countries like Bangladesh or Armenia thought of rural New Hampshire ?
Since the location was a former ski run, the trails were sometimes a bit steep, but not too bad. The forest looks like it’s still recovering from being used for skiing, as most of the trees are still small and scrubby. The ski run closed more than twenty years ago, it’ll be awhile until the trees reach their full maturity.
There is a small quarry nearby, I think some of the stone used is from there. Most of the sculptures are stone, but not all, there are some metal works as well. Andres offers demonstrations on the various techniques throughout the year.
This one below is of a hickory nut.
I think these are supposed to be the planets of the solar system, so the solar flare in the photo is appropriate!
Another solar flare.
This one below is not a sculpture, it’s the rusty remains of part of chair from one of the ski lifts.
I remember that the sculptor of this one is from Nigeria, it might be evident from the carvings on the rocks.
Here’s a giant donut. This sculptor is from Germany. “Ich bin ein berliner!”
This one is my favorite. The sculptor is from the Republic of Georgia, it’s the only one that I remember the title of “Conscious”.
We only saw about twenty five of the eighty or so sculptures since we only hiked on one trail, we’ll have to go back again.