New Sculpture Trail at Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum is thrilled to present a new Sculpture Trail featuring the work of seven graduating seniors from The University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School. Each outdoor sculpture was inspired by the history of Hill-Stead Museum, its collections and surroundings.

Information about the artists and their work:

Dylan Ahern – Nesconset, NY
32 chess pieces, foam, paint, plexiglass
A fully-assembled chessboard floats on the pond only to be observed from a distance. It no longer functions as a game between two people but materializes the essence of the game through a perpetual standoff.

KC Chester – Wallingford, CT
Grass Patch
Grass Patch is based on the idea of giving something to its viewers: it is a place to sit, sleep, tan, play, have a picnic, rest from a hike, run around with shoes off or view the museum from a different angle.

Kevin Hernández – Hartford, CT
Sign Poems
aluminum, enamel, vinyl letters
A series of site-specific poems in the form of signposts situated throughout the museum grounds.

Matt Dondero – Vernon, CT
various materials
Note does not create a new relationship between the viewer and the world around them, but serves as a simple reminder of its governing structure—time.

Alexis Musinski – Colchester, CT
Theodate’s Cow
fiberglass, steel, paint
This fiberglass relief of Theodate’s cow is painted as seen in the photograph and cut off where the photo is cut off, leaving the legs severed. The opposite side contrasts the landscape. The viewer may hold the reins and pose as Theodate does in the photograph.

Taylor Shaffer – Prospect, CT
Wooden Emerald Ash Borer
ash wood
A statue that commemorates the fallen ash trees that once lined the Woodland Trail.

Audrey Ryan – Fairfield, CT
Sheared Sphere
felted wool, steel
Referencing the museum’s neighboring sheep farm, Sheared Sphere offers an opportunity for visitors to gain a familiarity with a sheep’s physicality. Constructed out of 75 lbs. of unprocessed fleece, the felt is left at a raw and natural state.

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