Poultney River Entrance

Community Sculpture Project


Slate, Earth


part of the "Art of the Earth" summer symposium of the Rudolf Steiner Institute at Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont, USA,



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Poultney River Entrance - Community Sculpture Project

first sketch impressionThe project was conceived as a participatory environmental sculpture event for the 2008 summer session of the Rudolf Steiner Institute on the campus of Green Mountain College, Poulney, Vermont. Poultney is situated in what is known as the "Slate Valley", abounding with working and abandoned slate quarries.


final sketch drawing of sculpture in situ


constructing the dry wallsThe chosen site for the project is situated at the bottom of Green Mountain College campus and borders on the Poultney River, where a foot-worn path leads to a popular swimming spot along the riverbank. The design of the sculpture utilizes a natural corridor in the strip of woodlands separating the compus from the river, and tries to articulate and frame the transition from the open meadow, through the woodlands towards the river.



Rudolf and Marcus working on site


Participants of the symposium were involved at every stage of the creation of the sculpture. Special thanks to  Dan, Rudolf and Marcus!


view from the river showing the three wall elementsThe design consists of three curved walls, each one between 7 and 10 meters long and up to 1.20 meter high, backed by a sloping berm and shaping an undulating path between them. Using  off-cuts from the waste heaps of one of the many quarries of the "Slate Valley", layers of varying colors and angles were built up, using the traditional dry-wall technique. Due to the changing angles of the layers, the wall seems to grow out of the earth and calls to mind patterns of rock layers in Nature.


detail view of walls





the finished sculpture, view from meadow



view toward Poultney River



The sculpture was inaugurated with a community ceremony which included an improvised performance of the clowning group which used the sculpture as a prop for their mischievious acts.






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