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Art Goes Wild


Looking for a new place to explore? Our friend, Jason from Rag and Bone Bindery recently wrote about his family trip to the Garden in the Woods to see the “Art Goes Wild” exhibit. This outdoor art installation by W. Gary Smith, environmental artist, shows innovation with native plants. He shows how twigs, leaves, stones, and other natural forms can be transformed into works of art, similar to Andy Goldsworthy.

Jason described his family’s outing as a great daytrip:

There are trails through the forest, with landscaped sitting areas, little ponds and even flower gardens right in the woods. Lots of unusual plants and landscaped trails. There was a play area at the end of the trails where you could make your own artwork with sticks and stones. A great afternoon with little ones.

For a local experience of art gone wild, visit the outdoor stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty on the campus of Brown University. Or take your kids for a walk at your local park to collect sticks and stones and see what they can create. Sometimes kids (including mine) want to keep their natural art intact and have trouble understanding why they can’t save it. I find it helpful to photograph the finished masterpiece before nature’s natural evolution transforms it.

Art Goes Wild at The Garden In The Woods
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701
Estimated Drive Time: 1 hour
Estimated Drive Distance: 53.17 miles
(508) 877-7630
The show runs until October 31, 2007.
Admission: Adults $7; Seniors $5; Youths (6-18) $3; Students (w/ ID) $5. Members admitted free.
Special Event: Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 14, 12—4 pm

photos by Jason Thompson, Rag & Bone Bindery.

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