New Kids on the Block: New Sculptures Installed on NSLM Campus

I am very pleased to announce the arrival of three new additions to the collections here at the NSLM. (Those of you who were here for our first Open Late concert got a sneak preview!) We had to wait quite a while to complete the installations – first for some landscaping and facility projects to be finished and then for the seemingly never-ending winter to end. But now that spring has sprung – so have our new sculptures!

We are grateful to the generous donors who gifted these lovely works to the permanent collection. Thanks are also due to the staff who helped make the installations possible. We installed the sculptures with the safety of our visitors and the safety of the artwork in mind.

Here is the roster of the newest outdoor works, who will welcome you to campus on your next visit.

Jean Clagett (American, b. 1945), Darn That Itch, 2014, bronze, 31 ½ H x 36 L x 23 W inches  Gift of Jacqueline B. Mars, 2014 (© Jean Clagett)
Jean Clagett (American, b. 1945), Darn That Itch, 2014, bronze, 31 ½ H x 36 L x 23 W inches
Gift of Jacqueline B. Mars, 2014 (© Jean Clagett)
The new Clagett bronze in front of the Museum building.
The new Clagett bronze in front of the Museum building.

This charming little filly, reaching to nibble at an itch, is number 2 of 5 casts by Jean Clagett. This piece was commissioned by donor Jacqueline B. Mars from the Virginia based artist, specifically for the NSLM. For any of you lucky enough to go to the Rolex 3-Day event at the Kentucky Horse Park this year, you would have seen another sculpture by Clagett – a life-size bronze of Olympian Bruce Davidson aboard his champion event horse, Eagle Lion.

The Clagett bronze, part-way through the installation process.
The Clagett bronze, part-way through the installation process.
J. Clayton Bright, Red Fox (Vulpes Fulva), bronze, 13 ½ x 30 ¾ inches Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 2013 (© J. Clayton Bright)
J. Clayton Bright (American, b. 1946), Red Fox (Vulpes Fulva), bronze, 13 ½ x 30 ¾ inches
Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 2013
(© J. Clayton Bright)
The new Clayton Bright bronze on the wall in front of the old Vine Hill building.
The new Clayton Bright bronze on the wall in front of the old Vine Hill building.

Artist J. Clayton Bright is based in Pennsylvania. He is a sculptor, as well as a painter, who is best known for his animal subjects, like this life-size fox. Learn more about his process for creating bronze sculptures here (his studio website features a great slide show explaining the process for the “lost wax method”).

Rupert Till (English, b. 1969), After the Chase, 2005, steel wire, 20 ½ H x 46 L x 10 ½ W inches Gift of Reverend Elijah White, in memory of Anita Graf White, M.F.H 1970 – 2005, 2013 (© Rupert Till)
Rupert Till (English, b. 1969), After the Chase, 2005, steel wire, 20 ½ H x 46 L x 10 ½ W inches
Gift of Reverend Elijah White, in memory of Anita Graf White, M.F.H 1970 – 2005, 2013
(© Rupert Till)

English artist Rupert Till has been working with wire for over 20 years. He started out sculpting steel wire (chicken wire) and now also works with bronze and copper. The figures he creates out of this surprisingly versatile medium are full of character, movement, and expression. Check out some of his other works here.  This wire sculpture was generously donated by Reverend Elijah White, in memory of his late wife, Anita Graf White, who was a former M.F.H. of the Loudoun Hunt.

Our Facilities Manger (and installation expert) Aaron preparing the ground for the sculpture's concrete base.
Our Facilities Manger (and sometimes sculpture installer!) Aaron preparing the ground for the sculpture’s concrete base.

We’ll be adding some outdoor labels for these new sculptures soon. Now that nice weather is here, we hope you will come visit and enjoy the new outdoor installations!

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