Alfred Glover’s New Garden Sculpture Helps Highfield Celebrate May Day

Highfield Hall & Gardens celebrates the arrival of spring with a May Day celebration for families on Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 PM. The event includes activities for children as well as the inauguration of Alfred Glover’s 12-foot aluminum sculpture, “The Spirits of the Garden,” which was recently installed in the sunken garden on the grounds at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.

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The activities of the day include craft tables led by children’s summer program teachers and a maypole dance for children scheduled at 3 o’clock. Music will be provided by The Village Band from Woods Hole. The band will be introducing a new instrument, the Serpent, which is an early bass instrument that sounds like a mellow tuba and looks like a black snake.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet Mr. Glover and view his newly installed artwork, which will be the garden’s centerpiece for the summer. Although he is widely known for his whimsical wood sculptures, most recently Mr. Glover has been experimenting with aluminum plate. He created “The Spirits of the Garden” by using the same techniques he uses when working with wood. He designed and cut each independent aluminum piece, then all were welded together and powder coated with an enamel-like material. To finish the work, Mr. Glover painted the various birds, leaves, and flowers. “The Spirits of the Garden” is the first work completed using this new process. Along with a variety of colorful creatures, some of the branches have jewel-like glass baubles. For Mr. Glover, in the context of the sculpture, they represent “good doing spirits” who descend through the foliage to protect all living things. “The Spirits of the Garden” will also be part of Highfield Hall’s “Portals and Passageways” environmental art and sculpture exhibition this summer.

The May Day celebration is weather dependent: the Highfield Hall website home page will post any cancellation if necessary. In lieu of admission, a $5 donation to Highfield Hall is appreciated.

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