Intention Port

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA, for the Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods exhibition organized by artist Catherine Weber, curated by Mary M. Tinti.

Intention Port, 2017. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diam. x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA, for the Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods exhibition organized by artist Catherine Weber, curated by Mary M. Tinti. Plein air poems about the works, authored by area poets, along with photographs of the installations, have been combined into a chapbook available online as a PDF, and in print on Amazon.

Production images:

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

Putting down tarps over poison ivy ground cover

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

Marking a straight line from the piece to the trail with small pieces of yellow felt. Starting to shape the port by tying back the saplings.

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

Creating the form by clustering and tying the saplings. Glossy-leaved buckthorn is an invasive species in Massachusetts.

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

Intention Port, 2017. Freedom Baird. Living glossy-leaved buckthorn saplings, nylon cord. 5′ diameter x 40′ length. Installed at the Open Land Foundation’s Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA

Finished piece, early in the summer. View from the trail

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