Artwork under the Trees
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Having lived in Calvert County for over two years, I decided it was time to start visiting some of the local tourist sites. First up: Annmarie Garden in Solomons in the deep south of the county. The focus of this garden is not the beauty of flowers but of sculpture with most of the pieces on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in DC.
After entering through ceramic gates, I circled A Tribute to the Oyster Tonger on my way to the parking lot and the Visitor's Center. Walking up to the one-story building, I passed between two columns made of plastic bottles decorated by visitors. These bottles are the product of this summer's public art project; later on I would encounter a small forest of these white columns.
Not far beyond the Sassafras bench, the Women's Walk veered off the main pathway. The darker statues not only celebrate women but encourage visitors to consider the women special to them. Handprints in this area commemorate families important to the garden including its founders. My three favorite statues back here were Resting (even with the cobweb on the top of it), Squatting Woman with Shawl, and Seated Woman.
After the Women's Walk, I wandered through the other plastic columns and then viewed Hand followed by Daimaru X. A small clearing showed off Africa with its curved surfaces resting on top of rectangular columns. Monumental Standing Cardinal, a tall triangular man, guarded the opposite clearing.
Annmarie Garden offered many extra art details such as wooden faces hanging in the woods by the entrance to the Women's Walk, little paintings on the smooth surfaces of trees, seashells around the base of a water-themed sculpture, and their fully-tiled bathrooms (which are included on the walking tour map).