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30th Anniversary of Landscape Artist & Sculptor Bob Boemig's "The Land Lift"

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  • Landscape Artist Bob Boemig discusses his Iconic Work, ‘Land Lift,’ at BMAC on Sunday, October 22, at 3 p.m, with refreshments provided by Cai’s Dim Sum Catering.
  • Is it a park bench? A playground? A place of comfort and serenity? “Land Lift”—the sculpture made of steel, earth, and grass by landscape artist Bob Boemig that lies in front of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC)—is all of those things.
  • Originally intended to last only a few weeks, the iconic sculpture turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Boemig will give a talk at BMAC on Sunday, October 22, at 3 p.m. He will discuss how “Land Lift” came to be, and how it relates to other public artworks he has created over the years. Admission is free and open to all. Visitors are invited to arrive early or stay late to spend time with—and on—“Land Lift,” and to enjoy refreshments provided by Cai’s Dim Sum Catering.
  • In the years since Boemig installed “Land Lift” in 1993, many people have approached him to say that they played on the sculpture as a kid. “It’s given me a great deal of joy, because it’s here in the town I was brought up in,” he says. “Not many artists have that opportunity.”
  • For more than 40 years, Boemig has been creating outdoor landscape sculptures for a variety of institutions, including the deCordova Museum, Williams College, and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. His artistic intention is to always respond to the characteristics of the environment he’s working in—to complement and enhance, not contradict. “I look for a spot that is less used and try to make it usable,” he explains. “I don’t like creating something that takes away from something else around it. My main goal is to create a free-flowing entrance into something that pulls you in without realizing that it is actually a sculpture.”
  • Calling himself a “backyard artist,” Boemig recalls how the construction of the I-91 and I-89 highways captured his imagination as a kid. “It was such an eye-opening experience to see them contour the land and make that little green stripe between north and south, crossing the state,” he says. Today, Boemig collaborates with landscapers and construction workers who operate excavators, backhoes, and dump trucks to move the earth, grass, and metal in his projects, but back when he was in art school, he began much more simply—with a shovel as his sculpting tool.
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Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 15:30

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