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Opening Reception at Grounds for Sculpture

The Terrestrial Shrub Rover debuted this weekend at the Grounds for Sculpture. The reception was a wonderful event and celebrated the opening of the Fall/Winter Exhibition at the Grounds, which includes the 2009 Outstanding Student Achievement in Sculpture show, a show of recent work by Jacobo de la Serna, and a show of work by Albert Paley.

George Ericson and Justin Shull
George Ericson and Justin Shull
Terrestrial Shurb Rover at Grounds for Sculpture
Terrestrial Shurb Rover at Grounds for Sculpture
A Look Inside the Terrestrial Shrub Rover
A Look Inside the Terrestrial Shrub Rover

Terrestrial Shrub Rover in the Works

The Terrestrial Shrub Rover is taking shape this week in preparation for its debut at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ on October 10. As the photo shows, while the general form and structure of the Rover are resolved, it still awaits an epoxy shell and its branches.

The epoxy shell that will cover the Shrub Rover will be a VOC Free Epoxy Resin manufactured by MAS Epoxies, who has generously provided material sponsorship for the Shrub Rover. Anyone who has used standard polyester resin knows how toxic the fumes are to both the worker and the environment, so check out the MAS Low Viscosity Resin for a friendlier alternative.

The Reshaped World at the Washington Art Association

Visit the WASHINGTON ART ASSOCIATION galleries in Washington Depot, Connecticut from September 19 – October 19 to see the Porta Hedge on view as part of the exhibition The Reshaped World. The Porta Hedge will be open to the public during gallery hours, and in the Main Galleries, visitors can see work by artists Mark Abrahamson, Marcia Clark, Cornelia Kavanagh, Justin Shull, Maggie Sullivan, and Tom Zetterstrom.

Rest and Repairs for a Busy Hedge

9,000 miles and 35 days after its departure from New Jersey, the Porta Hedge has returned. The Hedge will be located at Central Jersey Trailer and Hitch Depot for a couple of weeks where it will receive some much needed rest, maintenance and a few repairs. From there it will travel up through New York City and then into Connecticut in September for an exhibition at the Washington Art Association exhibition.

Pegleg Porta Hedge

We’re still prematurely wearing through tread on the Porta Hedge’s rear passenger tire. When we stopped this afternoon at a service area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike we realized that the tire was completely bald with white chord showing, so we left the Hedge at the parking lot with a crew member inside while we acquired a new tire in the nearby town of Everett.

Porta Hedge Waits Without a Wheel
Porta Hedge Waits Without a Wheel

Mont Clair Cornfields Conceal the Porta Hedge

Thanks to the invitation of LAUREN EWING, the Porta Hedge and its crew stopped over at a 200-year-old historic farm in Vincennes, Indiana on our way back east. Lauren’s brother Mark Ewing and his wife Rebecca, who own and operate the 500 acre farm, recently placed it in a conservation trust that will preserve it from encroaching development in the future.

Started in 1806 by Nathaniel Ewing, who received a commission from President Thomas Jefferson to become a receiver of public lands, the farm still produces corn, soybeans, and wheat, and has groves of old and young pecan trees, walnut trees, sugar maples, and hazelnut trees.

Mont Clair has plenty of trees, but not a single hedge. The farm also has a pack of coyotes who wander through at night and devour the barn cats. Enter the Porta Hedge: mobile observation platform for spotting coyotes and dissuading them from entering onto the property.

We learned, however, that the two Great Danes who recently joined the Ewing family are excellent coyote deterrents. There’s also the fact that the Porta Hedge is shorter than the surrounding corn (hedge on stilts?)

Alternatively, after seeing the modern dwelling that Lauren recently designed and had built at Mont Clair, we decided that the Porta Hedge could make a stylish, modern, prefab landscape element. Look out for Lauren’s home in the November issue of DWELL Magazine

Mark Ewing Discussing Soy Bean Crops
Mark Ewing Discussing Soy Bean Crops
Chloe and Duke Scout the Soy Fields for Intruders
Chloe and Duke Scout the Soy Fields for Intruders
Porta Hedge at Mont Clair
Porta Hedge at Mont Clair
Chloe and Duke Join Chris in the Porta Hedge
Chloe and Duke Join Chris in the Porta Hedge
The Porta Hedge in Front of Yellow Corn #2
The Porta Hedge in Front of Yellow Corn #2
Lauren Ewing at Her Home at Mont Clair
Lauren Ewing at Her Home at Mont Clair