I just happen to really appreciate outdoor art. I get really excited whenever I see an installation out in the everyday landscape. Sometimes, when you first see it, you don’t even know if it is meant to be art or not. Some pieces I like more than others, but in general, it just makes me happy to see art created outside of a museum. Whatever it is, I am usually pretty happy to look at it.
Top Ten Reasons I Like Outdoor Art
10. You don’t have to go to a museum to see it.
9. You don’t have to go to a museum and pay to see it.
8. You don’t have to drag your kids to a museum and pay to see it while you listen to them complain about seeing it.
7. It is usually BIG. (Which means I don’t need my glasses to see it.)
6. It has been created to withstand rain, bird poop, and grimy fingers, so I don’t have to worry about my kids breaking it.
5. It is often made of metal and I really like metal sculptures.
4. You can usually walk around it and get many different perspectives.
3. You don’t have to understand it – you can just see how the art makes you feel.
2. It adds a completely new texture and sense of whimsy to public places which just feels good.
1. Outdoor art presumes a certain decency about people – that they are not going to vandalize it, steal it, or wreck it for no good reason. Which makes me feel really good.
All of these pieces are part of the “2012 ‘Exposed’ Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” presented by Stephen and Petra Levin and the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT. This is the 21st year of the exhibition and features the work of 15 international and local artists. For more information go to: http://helenday.com/exposed