Stone Field Sculpture - Hartford, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 45.868 W 072° 40.486
18T E 693284 N 4626238
Quick Description: The Stone Field Sculpture is located at Gold Street between Main and Lewis Streets in Hartford.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 6:15:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMD7HB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
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Long Description:

On a gently sloping lawn with scattered trees adjacent to the Hartford Ancient Burial Ground is an array of 36 boulders forming, approximately, an isosceles triangle. The triangle is 53' at its base and 290' from apex to base. The sculpture was the creation of Carl Andre and installed on August 22, 1977. According to the artist, "the sculpture represents New England's geological history and its juxtaposition next to the Center Church graveyard is intended to underscore the relationship of human time and geological time".

The thirty-six boulders that form the sculpture are organized with eight parallel rows of boulders. A single large brownstone boulder, about 4' high, is at the apex. The second row has two boulders, the third has three and so on until you reach the last row of eight boulders. Boulders diminish in size as you go from row to row. The boulders vary in geological origin. There are examples of sandstone, brownstone, granite, schist, gneiss, basalt, and serpentine boulders.

A plaque in front of the apex brownstone is inscribed:

STONE FIELD SCULPTURE
CARL ANDRE 1977
A GIFT TO THE CITY OF HARTFORD
HARTFORD FOUNDATION FOR PIBLIC GIVING
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

TITLE: Stone Field Sculpture - Hartford, CT

ARTIST(S): Carl Andre, sculptor

DATE: Installed August 22, 1977

MEDIUM: sandstone, brownstone, granite, schist, gneiss, basalt, and serpentine boulders

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 75001648

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Main and Gold Streets Hartford, CT 06103


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
There are 8 rows of boulders not 11. Each row has one more boulder than the previous row. The last row has 8 and not 11 boulders.


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