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Music played throughout the studio, a large red barn, while the artists participating in the Cast Iron Sculptures Workshop made their pieces. Men and women, old and young, some from Indiana, others from as far away as the United Kingdom, worked side-by-side well into the evening on what would become the Sculpture Trails’ newest exhibition.
The sculptures all tell stories, and some stories are connected. Like the one that inspired Garrett Krueger’s “Go On Over and Ask Her To Dance”: A sculpture of an arm extended to take a dance partner in hand.
“He had never met this girl and he said, ‘Shall we dance?’ And they did,” Dianne Masse says. “So they danced all around the studio, and from that a little romance began. And they still, after two years, are still seeing each other, and I thought well isn’t that interesting, we have a love story.”
It’s one of dozens, if not hundreds of tales Dianne could probably recall while giving a guided tour of the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, which has grown to close to 80 pieces and spans for more than a mile across her property in Solsberry.
The rich variegated brown and red hues in furniture made of natural cherry wood, like snowflakes, are never found in the same piece twice.
Contact with sunlight darkens the wood, and over time, an original pattern forms. Like the cherry wood kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, desks and even a piano in Chris and Jeanne Adamson’s home, every feature is unique to their needs and personalities.
“This is a true blending of us,” Chris said of the 4,000 square foot Bloomington home.