June 6-October 15, 2015
Heritage Museums & Gardens will be hosting nine artists who have created art installations to interpret the words “secret shelters”. Explore these artistic shelters tucked around Heritage’s trees, hills and hidden spaces! Secret Shelters features designs by artists and architects for contemplating nature, practicing the art of meditation, writing poetry, gazing at the heavens and more. Each installation will be displayed in a way that visitors can enter and contemplate the grounds of Heritage from their artistically composed vantage points.
Boston architect Yugon Kim’s Outside-In plays with the concept of what is inside and what is out in a shelter that wraps the space around Heritage’s Tulip Tree. Spire by Nancy Winship Milliken uses handmade irregular netting of mono-filament to create an airy interior with the sound of wind as an experiential element. Designer Joel Reider utilizes a sod exterior in Eaves of Grass, while Tessa D’Agostino creates a space for writing poetry while listening to Heritage’s rushing Flume Fountain in her installation called Temple of Theosophical Truths.
Local architects Mary-Ann Agresti and Sue Beardsley are among the artists showing their inspired shelters along with Erica Quigley, Leslie Alexander Endes and Wyatt Armstrong.
Old East Windmill
The Old East Windmill, built in 1800 in Orleans, Massachusetts, served that community for 93 years grinding wheat, rye, barley and salt from the local salt works. During the Civil War, the windmill also ground corn meal to be used as field rations for Union soldiers. In 1968, the windmill was sold to Heritage’s founder and moved to its present location. In order to make the 32 mile trip, the windmill was disassembled into four pieces. The move took ten days as each power line along the route had to be lifted to accommodate the height of the windmill. Once situated at the museum, the windmill was restored and fitted with an electric drive so it can run regardless of the presence of wind.
The Heritage Labyrinth was installed in 2002 and was designed by renowned artist Marty Cain of Newport, NH. This seven-circuit labyrinth of crushed shells and pink granite enables visitors to follow a single roundabout path to the center and use the same path to return, coming full circle and exiting where they entered. The path is in full view, allowing visitors to lose themselves in contemplation.
Hart Family Maze Garden
Opened in 2004, the Hart Family Maze Garden was designed to capture the mystery and intrigue of exploration that characterizes a classical maze while providing a format for display of Heritage’s vine collection. Inspired by the site’s views of the surrounding landscape, the New England climate and the vines themselves, the maze uses a range of materials. A combination of evergreen and deciduous vines and hedges alternately create opaque walls and transparent windows the outside depending on the season. Throughout the season, the maze will feature such flowering vines as wisteria, clematis, honeysuckle, silvervine fleeceflower, Japanese hydrangea vine and five-leaf akebia.
In addition, Heritage showcases more than 100 acres of display gardens that feature flowers, trees and shrubs native to Cape Cod. For more information, click here.