digital image of Return Dance of the
Day flanked by column fragments containing drying plant material from
Weir Farm is a memorial, a memory of
Dance of the Day.
of the Day
Weir Farm Historical Trust, Wilton, CT
Weir Farm gave me the opportunity to work in a
built and natural landscape steeped in history. The gardens seem to talk, softly telling stories of the lives
that created and tended them. The Weir studio was being renovated
providing a unique look into the working life of J. Alden Weir. The stacks of drawings and paintings, some not seen for
decades, were hidden under protective canvases; the spirit of the maker
hovered around the ghostlike figures of the covered studio objects. The gardens gave an ideal backdrop to a sundial of glass
columns, a gnomon appearing as a figure reaching for the light and each
hour marker is like a gnome. Each
hour marker corresponds in weight to its hour.
The columns support a lattice with plant material weaving through
it telling the time through seasonal growth.