Sculpture Garden, Part 2: Pemaquid
Up in Maine, next to the Pemaquid Point lighthouse is a large rock formation jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. And next to this is a pebbly, rocky beach that curves into a cove.
When my family and I went here in July, visitors to the lighthouse had assembled rocks on the small beach into sculptures. Varying in height, these were nicely balanced. Many columns, some angled dramatically, and some columns in circles, a la Stonehenge. I really like the creativity here, the urge to take the stones and build something artful.
I’ve learned that these structures are called cairns, and they’ve been used for various purposes, such as landmarks and burial monuments. Also for placing on hiking trails to mark the trail to ensure that hikers are still on the correct path.
As for art installations, Andy Goldsworthy built stacks of slate to form domes in the National Gallery of Art in DC. His creation, Roof, is just outside the windows of the museum on the ground level, but some stones jut under the glass and into the museum’s lobby.
Goldsworthy has assembled many works of art from natural materials — I think their forms are incredibly beautiful.
But back to Pemaquid and the works of art by anonymous visitors: