by Tom Soboleski
Eye-catching sculpture allures, causing us to pause, linger, and dither as we contemplate what it’s trying to say to us. It can be transformative, with both the object and its environs enhanced by its juxtaposition to its surroundings. Imagine strolling through an array of landscape sculptures blended seamlessly onto bucolic grounds flanked by a placid river, and you just may be transformed. The venue is the “Summer Sculpture Showcase” on Gil Boro’s Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Situated halfway between Boston and New York, the Showcase features 21 works by 18 sculptors set on Boro’s four-and-a-half-acre estate in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic village. Interspersed among more than 100 sculptures that are always displayed on the park-like grounds, the exhibit opened on the warm, sun-splashed evening of June 10 and will be in place through October 27.
Competition was keen, with 75 submissions, some from as far away as the West Coast. Entries were evaluated based on concept, execution, creative process, artistry and suitability to the landscape. Sculptors from New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as the New England states, are all represented.