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.

The Oyster Tonger
 I picked up a free walking guide and a scavenger hunt sheet at the center and then headed back to the traffic circle for some pictures of the Oyster Tonger.  I headed to the entrance for some shots of the colorful gates and then started along the path.  Two sculptures flanked this beginning, one called The Bird, Uranus II, the other I can't remember.  However, straight ahead Three Red Lines captured attention.  Designed in 1966, the artist George Rickey looked to Calder for inspiration and therefore the long red poles of this structure slowly twist with the wind.  Continuing along the path, I encountered my first of the thirteen Talking Benches (I had overlooked two near the Oyster Tonger).  Each of these stone benches represents a native Maryland plant; schoolchildren helped create the tiles inlaid in the benches.
Seated Woman
 

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.

The Council Ring
  I strolled past The Wind: Stainless Steel Monument, Open Suspense, and Potomac Rhythm before reaching the walk-through sculpture A Surveyor's Map.  It looks like a ramp at first but after passing underneath the green arch, red quotations from interviews with long-time county residents speak from the boards.  A few trees reach up through the path when it widens up shortly before ending in a circle that overlooks a rusty red sculpture.  Past the Poison Ivy bench and two other sculptures, The Council Ring appears through the trees.  The stones arranged in a circle offer "a place of quiet refuge and reflection."  Marseille finished off my official tour.

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).

Koralifix says:
Congrats on today's feature! Very well done!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2010
rotorhead85 says:
All in a nice setting!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2009
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plastic column
plastic column
The Oyster Tonger
The Oyster Tonger
Seated Woman
Seated Woman
The Council Ring
The Council Ring
just outside Visitor Center
just outside Visitor Center
rabbit sculpture hiding in bush ne…
rabbit sculpture hiding in bush n…
tile in the Beautification Project…
tile in the Beautification Projec…
Beautification Project 2006: The L…
Beautification Project 2006: The …
Shembo
Shembo
a far shot of The Oyster Tonger
a far shot of The Oyster Tonger
part of The Oyster Tonger
part of The Oyster Tonger
close-up of The Oyster Tonger
close-up of The Oyster Tonger
Big Diamond Hanger
Big Diamond Hanger
front of the gates, left side
front of the gates, left side
top of gates
top of gates
backside of gates
backside of gates
The Bird, Uranus II
The Bird, Uranus II
Three Red Lines (look much redder …
Three Red Lines (look much redder…
Sassafras bench
Sassafras bench
painting on a stump
painting on a stump
Big Skull II
Big Skull II
Women painted in a tree trunk
Women painted in a tree trunk
Resting
Resting
Squatting Woman with Shawl and Sea…
Squatting Woman with Shawl and Se…
Hand
Hand
Daimaru X
Daimaru X
detail on Daimaru X
detail on Daimaru X
detail on Wild Columbine bench
detail on Wild Columbine bench
Africa
Africa
Monumental Standing Cardinal
Monumental Standing Cardinal
The Wind: Stainless Steel Monument
The Wind: Stainless Steel Monument
Open Suspense
Open Suspense
detail on White Oak bench
detail on White Oak bench
Potomac Rhythm
Potomac Rhythm
beginning of The Surveyors Map
beginning of The Surveyor's Map
sculpture in A Surveyors Map
sculpture in A Surveyor's Map
more of A Surveyors Map
more of A Surveyor's Map
archway of A Surveyors Map
archway of A Surveyor's Map
detail on Poison Ivy bench
detail on Poison Ivy bench
close-up of The Council Ring
close-up of The Council Ring
Marseille
Marseille
in the bathroom
in the bathroom
just before Visitor Center
just before Visitor Center
Solomons Sights & Attractions review
I ranked this sculpture garden as life-changing because in addition to being a beautiful place, it changed my perspective on modern art. I was not a … read entire review
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