LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project 2015

Praying Mantis Sculpture

Artists create original sculptures for LIGHTSCAPES 2015!

A bunny, a frog, a mayfly, a firefly swarm, a giant caterpillar head and a skink will join the collection of colorful creatures and fantastic flowers at LIGHTSCAPES 2015 at Van Cortlandt Manor. The new, three-dimensional sculptures are being created by six local artists as part of the 2015 LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project. The Project is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and is administered by Historic Hudson Valley in conjunction with Collaborative Concepts.

The finished works will be on display during regular LIGHTSCAPES hours­ —15 weekend evenings in May — ­along with hundreds of other sculptures and features created by the LIGHTSCAPES team.

Here’s a sneak preview of the artist’s pieces:

Small sculptures

Model of a Delft bunny sculpture by Cathrin HoskinsonDelft Bunny: Cathrin Hoskinson of Accord, N.Y. “This rabbit is imagined to have hopped out of the china cabinet in the parlor at Van Cortlandt Manor,’’ says the artist of her design. The rabbit is to be made of re-used steel rod covered in spandex, decorated with appliques made from a chewed up blue umbrella supplied by her dog.

Firefly SwarmSarah Haviland of Crompond, N.Y. “These would be small in scale but impressive in quantity,’’ says the artist. The 1½ foot fireflies are constructed of water bottles, wire and mesh mounted on flexible wire rods.

Frog: Susan Buroker of Smithtown, N.Y. The artist drew inspiration for this whimsical New York bull frog from “The Frog Prince’’ by the Brothers Grimm, also known as “Iron Henry’’ in folklore. His royal highness will stand 6 ½ feet tall with the crown and will be made of gold-painted metal.

Large sculptures

Mayfly: Lannie Hart of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. This colorful creature will stand a towering 14 feet tall and 11 ½ feet long and its wings will glow like stained glass. It will be constructed out of steel rods covered in latex, spandex, and plastic globes. 

Caterpillar Head (pictured at top): Elena Kalman of Stamford, Conn. The whimsical entrance to the Caterpillar Cavern will be fashioned from wrought iron, aluminum strips, fabric, spandex, pipe insulation, and clear tubing. 

5-Lined Skink: Elizabeth Barksdale of Mahopac, N.Y. Five-lined skinks are native to the region, and sport bold stripes and often vivid blue tails. This curving 14-foot-long sculpture will be made of steel rod covered in sheeting with stripes made of rope lights.


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