Whirlwood Moves to Edible Garden

At Bernheim’s CONNECT event this year we debuted a new aspect of the festival we called CONNECTglow.  CONNECTglow is essentially a light sculpture competition that requires the artists to create spectacle at night without the assistance of AC current.  Artists could use fire, batteries, solar power w storage…anything that would allow them to create light without plugging in.  Carrie Blaydes and Mike Newsome (with factory handbook) created this whirlwind collection of drift wood they collected from the Falls of the Ohio State Park just across the 2nd Street Bridge from Louisville.  The sculpture was erected on the shores of Lake Nevin at Bernheim but now this piece is being moved to the Edible Garden at Bernheim.  It should fit in nicely in it’s new home.  I’ll post additional pictures once it’s in place and then more pictures next spring once the gardens get installed around it.

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2013 Children at Play Conference – Oct 4/5

I know that the readers of this blog are few. And I know that the few are not close. But… Next Friday and Saturday is the first Children at Play Conference at Bernheim (near Louisville Kentucky). I’ve been pulling the larger Children at Play Initiative that this conference kicks off for over a year. This is the start of an on-going effort to reinvent the universe of outdoor play spaces in my region. I know, in my bones, that this community will become a hot-spot for the most amazing outdoor play environments to be found. With a bit of help we will simply make it so. If you want to find out more about the upcoming conference simply click HERE.CAP13 Promo

Portland Plays – Playground Vision Day 9-7-13

Today the Portland Plays group pulled off an amazing day of play that included children in the visioning and planning for a playground that will help start the process of breaking the mold of play environments in our community.  The people that pulled this day together should be really proud of what they did.  The kids had a ball.  When I told Ruby it was time to leave she almost cried.  We can’t wait to help move this forward.  Here’s just a very few pictures.  I took hundreds (yes hundreds) but these few give you a sense of the day. There will be a conference at Bernheim this October 4th and 5th that focuses on creating this kind of play environment. Click HERE for details. If we can keep doing what the Portland Plays group did today our community will change for the better.

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Earth Measure – August 30, 2013

Matt and his team of assistants are closing in on the final carving.  Most of the dishes have been carved out with the exception of the eastern facing dish.  The different geometries of the concavities provide different focal points for collecting sound.  Limestone dust is everywhere but mostly on Matt and the other carvers.  Here’s some photos taken on August 30th.

Keeping the carvers cool.  Tools are tethered to the blue device to control the carving curvature.

Keeping the carvers cool. Tools are tethered to the blue device to control the carving curvature.

I'm guessing Matt has worn through more than one circular blade lately.

I’m guessing Matt has worn through more than one circular blade lately.

Matt and some of his many tools.

Matt and some of his many tools.

Matt Weir in front of the mostly finished west facing dish. 8-30-13

Matt Weir in front of the mostly finished west facing dish. 8-30-13

Earth Measure – July 19, 2013

A landscape view of the major elements of Earth Measure - 7-16-13

A landscape view of the major elements of Earth Measure – 7-16-13

Matt Weir early on a day of carving stone. 7-19-13

Matt Weir early on a day of carving stone. 7-19-13

Matt Weir has been hard at work installing Earth Measure at Bernheim over the past several months.  The work is a landscape scale collection of mostly geometric elements inspired by the life work of Barry Bingham Jr. who was involved in media, newspapers, photography and nature. That’s a short list. Before Barry’s death in April of 2006 he was a trustee of Bernheim.  Matt’s sculpture is a tribute to Barry funded by an anonymous donor.  For me, the project has afforded an opportunity to witness the creation of what will be a monument that will last far beyond anyone currently involved in the project.  Perhaps one day these pictures and the the stories they tell will be an important reminder of the beginnings.  For now, it’s a rare opportunity to be a fly-on-the-wall as stone is added and then chipped away.  The grassy lawn in the middle of the piece will make a great place for a party one day soon.  Since I’ve got keys perhaps there will be a late night shindig there sometime soon.

Matt putting straps on the bench stones to move them into place. 7-19-13

Matt putting straps on the bench stones to move them into place. 7-19-13

Looking through the lens to the prism. 7-19-13

Looking through the lens to the prism. 7-19-13

This is what your feet look like when you carve limestone. 7-19-13

This is what your feet look like when you carve limestone. 7-19-13

Progress on the stone dish facing the lens element. 7-19-13

Progress on the stone dish facing the lens element. 7-19-13

Matt still hasn't figured out how to levitate stone with his mind.  But when he does...

Matt still hasn’t figured out how to levitate stone with his mind. But when he does…