New Installation at Laurelwood Arboretum Sculpture Trail

Friendship, made up of five 12-foot totems by sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, is the newest Sculpture Trail installation at Laurelwood Arboretum.  It stands tall in the Grass Garden at location #3 of the Sculpture Trail.  The totems were carved from pine logs sourced from forests in East Hampton, New York.  The logs were laid horizontally and carved with a chainsaw.   They were inspired by the simple beauties of the natural and constructed world and call to mind the silhouettes of landscapes, both real and imagined.

Karol is a Brooklyn, New York-based sculptor whose work ranges from large scale outdoor installations to intimate tabletop pieces.  He sculpts in wood, metal, and clay to fashion works that explore man’s imprint on the landscape and creates playful spaces that become an inviting and unconventional way to experience art.  One of his best-known works is Approach, installed at the beginning of the Mario M. Cuomo bridge path in Rockland County, New York.  The sculpture utilizes steel from both the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and its predecessor, the Tappan Zee.

A Sculpture Trail at Laurelwood Arboretum, a multiyear project that showcases 15 unique works of art, is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum to benefit the arboretum.  A Sculpture Trail is curated by Scott A. Broadfoot of the Broadfoot & Broadfoot gallery in Boonton, NJ.  All the sculptures are available for purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Friends organization to be applied towards capital improvements.

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Friendship, by Fitzhugh Karol.
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