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Prismatic Parts: A Forest Reassembled
July 31–August 4, 2017

Week 4 Theme: How can we reinvent a forest by taking it apart and putting it back together in exciting new ways? The exaggerated details and faceted views of Sherrill Edwards Hunnibell’s bark-like painting inspire creative experimentation in fracturing and rebuilding nature. Monumental photographs of jungle ferns and desert soil printed on Letha Wilson’s bold steel sculpture provide a model for zooming in and out on the Park as well as inspiration for a dynamic restructuring of the landscape around us.

Week 4 Project: Reconstructing the forest will begin by investigating our surroundings through varied lenses. Prisms will fracture and multiply forms. Microscopes will dramatically enlarge details. Reverse-ended binoculars will unexpectedly shrink the landscape. Reassembled branches, bark, and leaves can then be turned into uniquely designed trees, beaver dams, and even umbrellas. Inventive instruction books and recipes guide campers as they create new and surprising visions by reimagining familiar ingredients.

The BIG idea: Contemporary art in deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum galleries connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends while everyone learns from each other.

2017 Inspiration: This summer we riff off the exciting Museum exhibition, Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters,1950 to Now. Like the artists, campers reimagine what they see on the ground, in the forest, and in outer space to create their own collaborative installations in the Sculpture Park. The four weekly-themes are starting points to spark imaginative possibilities that campers make their own with each week’s project!

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Not-Yet-Members: $565

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Image 1: Sherrill Edwards Hunnibell, Rangefinder in Four Parts, 1977, acrylic on canvas, 60 ½ x 60 ½ inches, NEA Museum Purchase Plan
Image 3: Letha Wilson, Model for Hawaii-California Steel (Figure Ground), to be installed at deCordova late spring 2017

the hive week 1 July 10-14Week 2 July 17-21 the hiveWeek 3 the hive July 24-28Week 4 the hive July 31-August 4