Welcome to the New Canaan Sculpture Trail

data blogSeptember 5, 2020


This innaugural exhibition was created by the New Canaan Land Trust, in partnership with the Carriage Barn Art Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The selected works represent a diverse selection of sculptures and artists. Each was evaluated by its ability to respond to the geography of the individual properties while meeting the criteria of being visually engaging, interactive, and reflective of the relationship between art and nature.

The mediums of the art are varied — including a series of steel frames holding acrylic sheets, welded steel, wood, rocks, and even a fallen, “upcycled” tree. Artists throughout the New York metro area, New England, and as far as Illinois are represented.

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“Passages”, features seven translucent acrylic panels, each with different patterns and colors. The 10-foot tall panels are framed in steel, and will provide visitors with an immersive experience as they lead through the preserve’s meadow.

Artist: Thomas S. Berntsen
Location: Hannan-Eberstadt Preserve, corner of Smith Ridge and Canoe Hill Roads
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/hannan
Parking: There is a small pull-off on Canoe Hill Road, which can accommodate 3-4 cars.
Viewing/Access: Passages is placed along a mown path through the meadow. The path is accessible through an opening in the stone wall, at the northern side (Canoe Hill side) of the preserve.


Sugar Maple

Officially titled “Mecanitex – Sugar Maple”, this piece is intended to be a stylized, abstract representation of one of New England’s most iconic trees; the sugar maple. Constructed using composite materials and steel hardware, the 10-foot tall piece is a stark contrast to the surrounding trees (including some sugar maples).

Artist: Carlos Davila
Location: Livingston-Higley Preserve, at the end of Apple Tree Lane, New Canaan
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/livingston-higley
Parking: Ample parking is available at the cul-de-sac at the end of Apple Tree Lane
Viewing/Access: Using the marked trail at the end of Apple Tree Lane, head into the woods for approximate 0.25 miles until you reach the sculpture, located in a meadow.

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This larger-than-life kinetic sculpture is an homage to Alexander Calder, best known for his innovative mobile pieces. It consists of a series of stainless steel globes, each perfectly balanced and reflecting the beauty of the surrounding environment.

Artist: Gilbert Boro
Location: New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan
Parking: Public parking is available in the rear of Town Hall, or along Main Street
Viewing/Access: The sculpture is on view in front of the New Canaan Town Hall

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“Ashen” was created specifically for the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, and use a local ash tree that recently succumbed to the invasive emerald ash borer. After carefully cutting the tree, the artist creates small
wooden blocks that are carefully reassembled in a pixilated, puzzle-like form, and reattached to the original tree trunk.

Artist: Anthony Heinz May
Location: Carriage Barn Arts Center, in Waveny Park
CBAC Website: More details available at: carriagebarn.org
Parking: Ample parking is available at the Carriage Barn or surrounding Waveny Park lots.
Viewing/Access: This sculpture is installed in the Carriage Barn’s front courtyard.


“Labyrinth” is the only permanent installation on the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, and features a series of winding paths, delineated by hundreds of hand-placed stones. Created from material found on-site, the piece is a stark contrast the linear, historic stone walls found crisscrossing the surrounding woodlands.

Artist: Christopher Kaczmarek
Location: Watson-Symington Preserve, across from 110 Wellesley Drive, New Canaan
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/watson-symington
Parking: Ample parking is available at the main entrance to the preserve, on Wellesley Drive
Viewing/Access: The installation is located towards the northern edge of the property. Once at the preserve’s trailhead, a map and accompanying signage will guide you to the installation.


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“basics #39” is part of a series of public art installations that explore the abstract notions of form, space, and utility. Created using a series of 2″x4″s, the piece was custom created to fit with the landscape and natural surroundings at the Colhoun Preserve.

Artist: Matthias Neumann
Location: Colhoun Preserve, across from 203 Davenport Ridge Road
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/colhoun
Parking: The Colhoun Preserve has a gravel parking area at the entrance, located through the stone wall and wooden gate.
Viewing/Access: This piece is installed in the meadow at the front of the Colhoun Preserve and is visible from the parking area.


This site-specific installation celebrates the blossoming and undulating patterns in nature. It is created by wrapping colorful flagging tape around acrylic panels, and is sure to catch the attention of any passers-by.|

Artist: Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen
Location: GreenLink Trail, between the New Canaan Nature Center and Irwin Park
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/greenlink
Parking: Ample parking is available at either the New Canaan Nature Center, or Irwin Park
Viewing/Access: From Irwin Park, head to the corner of Weed Street and Wahackme Road. Cross Weed Street at the crosswalk, and follow the gravel trail north into the woods and over a boardwalk. From the New Canaan Nature Center, follow the trail leading from the rear of the parking lot into the woods. Continue approximately 100 yards to a sign for the New Canaan Land Trust, and continue along the NCLT trail into the woods.


Ring Tower

This series of connected rings and posts soars to create a twelve-foot tall tower. The pieces is supported with a rebar frame and coated with pigmented ferro-cement, providing a rugged, yet natural appearance.

Artist: Joe Chirchirillo
Location: Silvermine-Fowler entrance to the Still Pond Preserve, 763 Silvermine Road, New Canaan
Preserve Website: More details available at: newcanaanlandtrust.org/stillpond
Parking: Parking is available in front of the split-rail fence at the entrance to the Preserve
Viewing/Access: Using the marked trail, head uphill into the woodlands. The piece is located along the trail, prior to reaching Still Pond.

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail has been made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Lead Underwriter: The Harlan E. and Lois J. Anderson Family Foundation
Contributing Sponsors: The Stuart Higley Foundation • A.P. Construction Company • The Town of New Canaan
Media Sponsor: Serendipity Magazine
Otocast Sponsor: William Raveis Real Estate

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