Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Trip to Burlington

by Brooke Pickering, of Bancroft Studios

A couple of weeks ago I went up to the University of Vermont,
where my son is a freshman, for parents weekend. It was a wonderful weekend filled with Rugby games, shopping trips, dinner with new friends and families and exploring all that Burlington had to offer. Besides some truly great food, Burlington is home to a very active arts community and my son and I had a lot of fun taking it all in.

One gallery show that we particularly like was at the Firehouse Creative Arts Center, entitle HUMAN=LANDSCAPE: Aesthetics of a Carbon Constrained Future This exhibition, part of The Energy Project, a partnership between ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and BCA, with support from the University of Vermont, seeks to explore the future of the Vermont landscape as it grapples with the aesthetic challenges of a carbon-constrained world. The exhibition poses several questions to its Vermont audience: 1) How has our vision of the landscape evolved over-time in response to changing economic realities? 2) What makes a landscape “beautiful” or “ugly 3) What might a sustainable-energy rural landscape of 2020 look like?

One of the highlights was an enormous; spinning sculpture by glass artist and UVM student Ethan Bond-Watts that welcomed us as soon as we enter the main lobby. Long vibrant tubes of colored glass cascades from the center of the piece while a spinning wood and canvas “windmill" rotates on top. Ethan is also responsible for an instillation commissioned by the University that now hangs proudly from the ceiling at the Davis Student Center:

see video of instillation

A great weekend full of fun, food, family and great art!

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