Fruitlands is an estate including several mini-museums, walking trails, and a restaurant. We took the hour or so’s drive out there from Boston yesterday. It was well worth the trip.
Of the photos I took, this one does the best job of illustrating Fruitlands features. There’s one of the tree sculptures from the Joseph Wheelwright exhibition that will be at Fruitlands for another year or so. There’s one of the mini-museums: the old farmhouse. And, it being October in Massachusetts, there are fall leaves.
The first three lines of the post title don’t refer to the song (I stayed in the pines where the sun never shines/And shivered when the cold wind blows) but to a couple of sculptures we saw today at DeCordova. We saw this one for the first time. These creepy pine people live amongst the branches of a tree, through which the sun sort of shines. More familiar to us are the pine sharks.
As usual, we got to DeCordova before 10, so admission to the park was free. We did, however, spend some money in the rather good gift store.
This is one of several bug sculptures made from found objects and without adhesives. Artist Chris Goodwin describes them as follows: they are extremely fragile. Some of them are also quite dangerous to handle casually. I like to think of them as high maintenance, exotic pets. I found them via Drawn!
Those of us in the Boston area can find rather larger and safer bug sculptures in the Garden in the Woods, home of the New England Wild Flower Society. The Big Bugs are there until October 31. We saw visited them when they were there a few years ago, and are looking forward to meeting them again.