On Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to , Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H., will celebrate the many forms of sculpture at the fourth annual Sculptural Visions event. Artists will demonstrate several types of sculptural techniques, such as modeling with clay, carving of wood and stone welding and assemblage. At and , two sculptures will be cast in bronze during a demonstration of "lost-wax" bronze casting. Throughout the afternoon there will also be hands-on children's activities and a performance on a Fire Organ. This event and the park will be free all day.
The creation of sculpture can take many forms. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to interact with artists using different methods and types of materials to create sculpture, from carving in different media, to modeling with clay. During the afternoon, Glen Campbell, owner of an artist foundry in West Rutland, Vermont, will use a portable furnace to cast two bronze sculptures using the ancient lost wax bronze casting method. This was the same method used by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to cast everything from his detailed portrait reliefs to huge monuments such as the Shaw Memorial and FarragutMonument, all of which can be seen at the park. Actual casting demonstrations like this are rarely seen by the general public.
During the event there will also be performances by Antoinette Jacobson on her Fire Organ, a sculpture that can be used as an instrument. Ingeniously created from metal pipes, the organ is actually played using a blowtorch, resulting in an unusual and extraordinary sound.
This event is in celebration of National Public Lands Day which is held each year on the last Saturday of September. On that day, all National Park Service sites waive entrance fees to encourage people to visit and enjoy these areas. Please help us make America's Best idea even better. Join us for this national day of service and celebration in your 398 national parks.
Location: Park grounds, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site |
MapTime: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PMFee Information: Free admission to the park that dayContact Name: Gregory C. SchwarzContact Email: Gregory_C_Schwarz@nps.govContact Phone Number: (603) 675-2175 x 107