Sculpture: On the Grounds

The Art Complex Museum is sited on 13 acres that includes fields, woods and a small pond. Since opening in 1971, outdoor sculpture installations have extended the gallery spaces of the museum throughout the site. The museum hosts artist’s temporary installations and also exhibits permanent sculpture on the grounds.

Seeking Higher Ground
20-foot tall, bamboo, zip ties, reflector, spray paint, oil cloth, 2019

An enormous bird has now landed at The Art Complex Museum and is already drawing much attention. The enormous Blue Jay is a collaboration between well-known Maynard, Massachusetts sculptors The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. Dodson is inspired by the mysterious nature of animals. Moerlein derives inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks which strike a narrative chord.

According to folklore tradition, the Blue Jay is symbolic of clarity of thought, taking action. Seeking Higher Ground, says its creators, is a clarion call to heed the warning signs of climate change and its affects. It reflects a hope that humans can unite to affect those changes needed to adapt and survive – like the Blue Jay.

Although monumental in scale, this work, as others they have created, is temporary in nature. Made from natural materials, it is site specific and responds to the local audience. Meant to last five years, at most, it will appear, fade, and disappear, adding a chapter to the life stories in Duxbury.

Other artists exhibited On the Grounds.

David Bakalar
Kristine Brennen
Rick Brown
Christopher Frost
George Greenamyer
Michio Ihara
Marjorie Javan
Miriam Knapp
George McGoff
Nishimura
David Phillip
Kitty Wales
Leslie Wilcox