ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
This unconventional exhibition features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. View the sculptures and learn more about their connections to art, science, and nature. An artist and engineer, George Sherwood creates kinetic sculptures that evoke shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water.
ABOUT GEORGE SHERWOOD
American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points. His work is usually made of stainless steel, the reflective qualities of which integrate the sculpture into its environment. For his outdoor works, wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the qualities of light and movement of the sculpture.
An award-winning American sculptor, Sherwood was born and raised in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut. He now lives and works in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and holds degrees in both art and engineering. Sherwood’s initial interest in the art of movement began during the 1970′s. Drawn to and inspired by physical theater groups such as Mummenschanz, Pilobolus, and The Celebration Mime Theatre, he developed a theatrical performance consisting of large animated props, sculptures, and masks that were manipulated by the performers. After earning an engineering degree in the 1980′s he turned his focus to Concept Development for LEGO Futura the Research and Development arm of LEGO. Working with advanced technologies and as a liaison with the MIT Media Lab, he was part of a team that helped developed preliminary concepts leading to the development of Mindstorms and Virtual LEGO construction software. It was during this time that he was introduced to the wind-powered sculpture of George Rickey, a pioneer in kinetic sculpture. A growing passion to create his own sculpture led Sherwood to pursue this as a full-time career.
Sherwood’s work is in permanent collections, including The Currier Museum, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute 20th and 21stcentury Contemporary Art Collection in Boston, The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Contemporary Sculpture Path at Forest Hills Educational Trust. Public projects include the city of Salt Lake City, Utah; The Christian Science Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. Solo exhibitions include the Currier Museum, Manchester, NH (2010); Saint Gauden’s National Historic Site in Cornish, NH; The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA (2010); and Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY. In 2007 he was awarded the Lillian Heller Award for Contemporary Art at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Stop by throughout the exhibition to enjoy fun drop-in activities and self-guided tours. Our makerspace will captivate budding engineers of all ages with opportunities to build your own gizmos and gadgets. Check out our children, youth & family section for more drop-in events and hands-on workshops. Don’t forget to stop by for Movers and Shakers during April school vacation for a special week of S.T.E.A.M. activities.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
George Sherwood Opening
Saturday, April 13, 10am – 4pm
Meet the artist at this grand kick-off weekend. George Sherwood will introduce visitors to his kinetic sculptures and discuss how his work explores nature and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion.
Makerspace: 10am – 5pm, Classroom A
Budding engineers of all ages can build gizmos and gadgets in our makerspace. Included in admission.
Artist Talk: 11am, Theater
George Sherwood will introduce visitors to his kinetic sculptures and discuss how his work explores nature and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. Included in admission. First come, first served.
Video Presentation: 12pm, Theater
Video Artist Betsy Tobin will bring the sculptures to life with a one-of-a-kind show. Included in admission. First come, first served.
Kite Flying: 11am – 3pm, Field behind the vegetable garden
For one day only, fly our nature-themed kites at Tower Hill, celebrating the ways in which George Sherwood sculptures capture and come to life in the wind.
Exhibition Tour: 1pm, meets in the Garden Within Reach
Experience a behind-the-scenes tour with the exhibition curator. Included in admission. First come, first served.
Garden Tour: 2pm, meets in the Garden Within Reach
Tour the garden and its spring blooms with a lively docent-guided tour. Included in admission. First come, first served.
Tours with the Curator
Once a month throughout the exhibition, 1pm – 2pm
April 13, May 4, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 14
A behind-the-scenes guided tour with art expert and Exhibition and Events Manager, Kirsten Swartz.
Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16, 10am – 4pm
Spend your Father’s Day weekend exploring the connections between plants and technology.
Thursdays throughout the summer, 7pm – 8pm
Kate Redgate: June 27th
The Rafters: July 18th
Mustard’s Retreat: August 1st
The Dwayne Haggins Band: August 29th
August 10th, 1pm – 3pm
From the crossroads of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics come a spectacular racing spectacle! Build your own sculpture to race or come to watch the competition.