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Call of the Wild Magazine | 2015–16 t’s been five years since we received the good news that the construction of a new outdoor Sculpture Trail was to be made possible by a donation from Trustee, Debbie Petersen, in memory of her husband, Jim. During the past three summers we’ve enjoyed an explosion of outdoor sculpture and programs. It’s been an incredible adventure. This summer, we are upping the ante by temporarily installing Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads. The decision to place them in a line instead of a circle was dictated by our alpine terrain. The twelve sculptures are spaced in a linear progression running north along the upper section of the Sculpture Trail. The land drops off precipitously just east of the Trail, creating a natural “stage” with a stunning backdrop of the National Elk Refuge and Gros Ventre Mountain Range. Never before have the zodiac heads been exhibited in such a breathtaking landscape; nor have they previously been paired with a world-class musical composition offering evocative interpretive insight and meditative respite. Upon completion of our Sculpture Trail’s construction, Walter Hood, the Trail’s awardwinning designer, presciently stated: “Having temporary art is going to be a big thing. You should take many chances now....I think things inside the building sometimes become too precious, but outside you can let it go. Do some crazy things every now and then.” An Ai Weiwei installation is one such “crazy” thing. Ai has been called the “Beijing Andy Warhol” for his propensity to shock people and challenge traditions. Another crazy, new addition is a brand new pair of climbable sculptures (designed with kids in mind) to be installed on our Café Terrace in August. “Buffalo Mountain” and “Little Buffalo Mountain” by Stewart Steinhauer depict a buffalo cow and calf, carved from granite, with a climb-through space in the design (see page 52). If you haven’t visited the Sculpture Trail recently, this is the summer to do so. I SCULPTURE T RAIL Pushing Boundaries on The Sculpture Trail By Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education and Exhibits (LEFT) Artist Ai Weiwei inspects one of his Zodiac Head sculptures during the exhibition creation. Image courtesy the artist. (RIGHT) Museum visitors stroll past Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads that adorn the Museum Sculpture Trail through October 11, 2015. Sculpture Trail designer Walter Hood presenting the design to Museum Visitors on September 30, 2011. 27


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