Fun facts about the sculptures in the LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project


Monday, 5/11/2015 5:41pm

Here are some fun, behind-the-scenes snapshots as six professional artists from around the region turn odd and everyday materials into larger-than-life fantastical forms. The creatures are on display Friday-Sunday evenings through May 31 during LIGHTSCAPES at Van Cortlandt Manor.

Elizabeth Barksdale’s Five-Lined Skink, a native lizard, has 5,000 staples holding together its plastic scales. To give you a sense of scale, this brooding mother was created with each foot of sculpture corresponding to one centimeter of living skink.

Cathrin Hoskinson’s Delft Bunny takes the LIGHTSCAPES repurposing theme to new heights. The blue of its haute couture ensemble comes from an umbrella chewed up by the artist’s dog. This dandy, dressed in a “fancy form-fitting removable appliquéd outfit,” is “what I think of as a plus-sized Zen bunny,” Hoskinson says. Oh, and he has blue socks too.

“Fireflies at dusk are a symbol of summer to me – and of childhood magic,” says artist Sarah Haviland. “I loved playing outdoors in the evening, trying to catch the ‘lightning bugs.’ Many of my sculptures focus on human-bird hybrids with wings, sometimes made entirely of glittering wire mesh, which inspired this lightweight swarm.”

How many balls does it take to fill a very large frog? Over 75 large and small globes – both painted acrylic and standard green plastic play balls – fill the Frog Prince. Artist Susan Buroker said she was chasing beach balls down the road when assembling this noble bullfrog, on a windy day outside its humble birthplace: her husband’s Long Island automotive shop.

The vibrant Mayfly is the creation of Lannie Hart of Sleepy Hollow, who used to make jewelry and design packaging for lipstick and the like, but her tendency to super-size led her to sculpture.

The Caterpillar Head tunnel entrance is the work of an architect and it shows. Elena Kalman, who usually considers building a private home a small project, has borrowed construction materials for her whimsical but sturdy creation. Her ingredients: skylight eyes, gazebo-boned frame, four pounds of screws, plumbing tube whiskers.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during May you can see all this magic for yourself. Click here for tickets.

The LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the approval of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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