ART AND NATURE AT A MUSEUM OF TREES
Four new sculptures by the Vermont sculptor Richard Erdman were recently installed by the landscape architect Enzo Enea at his Tree Museum in Zurich. Erdman’s works join a group of sculptures by other contemporary artists that are permanently installed amidst the more than two thousand trees collected by Enea in the bucolic, eighteen-acre site near Lake Zurich.
A copse of lush green frames Erdman’s Brazilian blue granite Sentinel, which spills out and upward from its pedestal, its fluid energy providing a perfect complement to the scene. Rising up from the museum’s pond is Spira, two-and-a-half tons of Italian Bardiglio marble that form the largest Erdman sculpture ever placed on water (see above). Elsewhere on the grounds, Fiora in Italian Siena travertine opens its petals to the air, while Volante in Italian Bardiglio marble occupies a more intimate space on the museum grounds, its asymmetrical arcs evoking a dolphin at play or curled asleep.
“Passion creates wishes out of dreams and wishes motivate us to strive to make those dreams reality,” says Enea. Together Erdman’s sculptures and Enea’s Tree Museum form a perfect blending of landscape, design, and dreams. After a brief winter closure, the Tree Museum with Erdman’s sculptures reopens in February. enea.ch