Outdoor Sculpture at Alnoba
A world-class art park opens in Kensington
Alnoba in Kensington defies easy definition. Created by the Lewis Family Foundation, Alnoba’s mission is, to put it simply, saving the Earth. That is, of course, a big task with no easy solutions. To help achieve such a lofty goal, Alnoba hosts a number leadership development programs to teach people how to make changes in their communities and beyond. The 400 acres also include a network of trails, aerial park, yoga studio, a farm-to-table restaurant, cabins and even a restored 1848 barn available for events. Opening this month is the newest addition to the property — a sculpture park.
As avid travelers, husband and wife Alan and Harriet Lewis discover interesting sculptures and bring their favorites back to share with visitors. Wherever you are in your sense of art appreciation, there is delight at every turn. Alnoba encourages touching and even climbing on pieces, embracing the concept of “art less precious.”
Colorful human-like forms, known as the “Yoga Girls,” are placed on the edge of the woods, teasing viewers to enjoy the trails. A 1,000-pound bronze gorilla holds court on the lawn, while a totem pole adds color and diversity. There are about 20 pieces to date with a few that were built onsite.
The plan for 2020 is to enrich the property with 20 to 30 more sculptures in an effort to “bring the world” to Kensington. Alnoba will be open to the public on a monthly basis starting May 1 and 2 (click here for information and tickets to the grand opening tour). While visiting, plan a stop at Eastman’s Corner to enjoy lunch with foods grown on Alnoba’s land and in their greenhouses.
Artists shown at Alnoba include John Lopez, Andy Goldsworthy, Michele Oka Doner, DeWitt Godfrey, Allan Houser, Ernesto Neto and Pablo Atchugarry.