By Deborah Brancic/Daily News correspondent
LINCOLN — Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series looking at fun things to do in and around MetroWest this summer.
When Sarah Lemaire’s friend, Kathleen Killian, came to visit from Denver, CO for her 35th Wellesley College reunion this month, they decided to visit the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.
“When (my children) were in school we used to come on school trips, and they would have a scavenger hunt – like find a sculpture that looks like this – and so they used to have a great time,” said Lemaire, an Acton resident. “It’s such a beautiful spot. Just coming and walking the grounds is really fun.”
With summer events like an installation tour with an American sculptor, yoga classes in the park, and a new exhibition by a young contemporary sculptor from England, visitors like Lemaire and Killian are finding many reasons to visit the museum.
For them, it’s about the integration of art with nature, and the way it blended in perfectly with the landscape.
“I really like the Venus Vine… it’s a vine that morphs into a woman,” Killian said.
During their visit, the women hit Alice’s Garden, and were attempting to see as much of the landscape as possible before leaving to attend a Boston Red Sox baseball game.
“Basically there’s something going on almost every weekend of this summer and during the week,” said Kate Hammer, the marketing and public relations coordinator for the park and museum. “There’s just so many ways that people can get involved here.”
Next month, park visitors will be able to watch, and even talk to, artist DeWitt Godfrey as he assembles a sculpture on the main lawn of the park from July 18-20. The piece will be a sculpture constructed out of COR-TEN steel, a weathering steel or alloy with chemical properties that allow it to resist the corrosive effects of weather by producing a protective layer of rust.
Artwork from British sculptor Gary Webb will also be displayed both inside and outside the museum until Aug. 12. The exhibit, “Gary Webb: Mr. Jeans,” features the placement of two sculptures, “Jungle Headache” and “Buzzing It Down,” which were created by Webb specifically for the park’s entrance plaza.
While the pieces located outside the entrance reference the stacking of similarly shaped objects of various colors and sizes, inside Webb has created designs that poke humor at store design and modern furniture, with the use of a myriad of materials, including steel, glass and mirrors.
The museum will also host “Yoga in the Park,” held on the second Sunday of June, July, August and September in the Sculpture Park. Instructors from Stil Studio of Dedham will be teaching visitors the basics of this ancient art of exercise and meditation, with two classes: one for children at 10 a.m. and one for adults at 11 a.m., with the option for parents to join their children in the earlier session.
Sudbury resident Maile Hulihan is excited about the idea of the yoga series for her 91-year-old mother.
“My mother is an artist, so she loves to go to museums… She’s not that active, but she’s game for most things.”
The events scheduled this summer are all part of deCordova’s 2011-2016 Strategic Plan, with the goal of becoming a leader amongst sculpture parks across the country. The activities and exhibitions are designed to drive visitor engagement with multiple site-specific and experimental projects. The museum tries to bridge the indoor artwork and exhibits with the outdoor sculptures.
The park is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and some holidays. Admission to the park is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for students and children under 12 are free. The park is free to visit the first Wednesday of every month, year-round. Also, park members, Lincoln residents, active duty military personnel and their families, and members of the public who bike to the park all get in free, and other discounts are also available.