West Rutland Art Park

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

By PATRICK GRIFFIN
RUT YOU SEE

I was driving on Route 133 from West Rutland down to Middletown Springs, lost in that blissed-out zone you often drift into while driving, when coming around a curve I was suddenly jolted awake by a train.

However, this train wasn’t moving, nor was it even a real train. Spotlighted by a sun which caused it to pop off the hillside was a madman’s rendering of a locomotive — scrap metal gears, hubcaps, pipes bent like tubas, smokestacks and plows in every shade of gunmetal gray imaginable. It was a steampunker’s wet dream teleported onto the Vermont landscape.

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

And the train was not alone on that hillside. Looking into it later, I recalled that I had read an article in this very paper a couple of months prior about a sculpture event. The West Rutland Art Park is a private art park now open to the public which features the works of a group of international sculptors who came to the property to create these visual stimuli.

Sculpted marble, steel and other materials dot the park. I really enjoyed an abstract rooster crowing to signal the day’s arrival while seeming to stretch itself out in the process even closer to its friend the sun.

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

These pieces, incredible in their own right, are even more fantastical given their setting. If seen on an urban street, I would think this artwork would blend in with the other clamors and structures going on adjacent. But when you are used to seeing one ordinary lawn-house-farm-field right after another lawn-house-farm-field, the sight of these pillars shooting out of the grass is arresting.

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

Patrick Griffin / photo

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