Earlier today I decided to head out for a photo walk. I also wanted to visit some place new. Looking online the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum sounded very interesting. So, I put it in my GPS and made my way.
I want to say that the photos online don't really make it justice. I'm not sure if it was the perfect weather, or the fact that the sculptures were spread out all over the place that really caught my attention. Even while you're waiting to pay the admission you can see several large sculptures in the fields next to you. It was excited to visit a place that was so different to places I'd been to before.
This is what you see from the main rd as you approach the main entrance.
When you go up the entrance drive way you approach this awesome looking building where you pay admission, get a map, find out about any special exhibits and where to park.
Once I parked I opened up the map and tried to see where to start. The museum was right there so I decided to head there first. So I made my way up the stairs to this really nice looking building.
Just inside there is a lobby area with a receptionist who told me a little more about the exhibits and offered me some pamphlets. The main exhibits were upstairs I was told. This is a look down the stairs from the second floor.
There were some small exhibits on that level which were very interesting. But, I was very curious at that point to see the main exhibit. As I continued walking up the stairs I saw this sculpture hanging from the wall. Really cool.
This is looking back from the top of the staircase.
The sculpture in the previous image as well as the majority of the pieces displayed on this level were created by Lesley Dill.
I will admit that often times I've looked at sculptures and the more abstract they get the more they "lose" me. But, her pieces were simple and complex at the same time. They are the kind of pieces that ask you to look at them a few seconds longer to help unravel their meaning. This is a wide shot to see a few samples. I quite like her work because its all in the details.
This is a closer look at the bust near the center of the previous photo. Now if you look at the shapes and patterns on the wall each is one piece on top of another. You can see human forms, creatures, horses and so much more if you really look. I'd have to say that that wall was about 35 ft long or so.
If you turn around you'll see this figure.
The room is divided by that wall you saw on the left side of the room photo. On the other side is another exhibit.
This next photo is taken from basically where this person was standing looking back at where I took that first room photo. Thinking back now I think there were multiple exhibits on this side of the wall.
This wall was awesome with all these framed pieces.
As you walk towards another set of stairs there is an activity area.
I then continued on up to the next level.
I found this set of three bells which had words on them. These are also from Ian Hamilton Finlay.
I then went all the way up to the roof terrace. I found a pretty cool exhibit up there as well.
This is a view looking out towards the main entrance of the park. Those cylinders on the left side are a huge sculpture. Later on I got a little closer.
Looking out the other side you see this great vista.
So I walked back down a floor and headed out the back entrance of the museum. I was curious to see some of these outdoor sculptures a little closer. But when I came out I turned and saw how amazing the museum looked. I was thinking to myself, I wonder if they do weddings here, this is beautiful!
The building almost looked like a castle!
Naturally, I had to find someone who worked there and offer them my business card. I would love to photograph a wedding there!
So I then continued to walk around checking out the sculptures along the various paths.
This is that large sculpture I had seen from the top of the museum. This is pretty much the opposite angle.
These were about 10 feet tall. Here's a closer look.
I then found myself near the parking lot, but I had seen another path going towards other sculptures so I headed in that direction.
As I passed the park store I saw this sculpture.
And I passed this awesome car as well.
I saw signs for a cafe nearby so I had to make a stop there and pick up a refreshment.
And I ordered an orange sorbet. But, this was no ordinary buy it at your local store sorbet. It was a hollowed out orange with the sorbet inside!
The sorbet is just one of many reasons why I would go back.
But wait, I'm not done yet. With the sorbet in one hand and my camera in the other I continued on.
I passed their administrative office building. Even that building looked awesome.
This next piece is by Steven Siegel. It is site specific and just awesome. Its made out of Telegram and Gazette newspapers, thousands! And, the growth on the top of them is there on purpose. If you look at it long enough and try to get meaning from it, you'll be amazed. To me this is a very powerful piece that can mean so much.
The newspapers symbolize time. Time is linear and as new things happen it pushes things further down. The growth on top is the present. We are alive and we grow and live our lives as best we can regardless of history. We always overcome. There are stacks that are separate from the main group and to me those are our goals, ambitions and important decisions that only affect us as unique individuals. We are all the same and follow a similar path in our existence, but we can exist or we can truly live. We live once, so dare to dream.
As time passes history stars to fade a little.
Sometimes you just need to look closer to find what you're looking for.
I was looking at this piece for quite some time that next thing I knew.
I walked on some more, but was really content with everything I had seen. I know I will be coming back again as there were several sculptures I had missed on the periphery of the property. Also, it seems like they rotate exhibits from time to time, so it'd be interesting to see some new art as well.