Landscape artworks at Hogpen Hill Farms open house
All these fine photographs were taken by Fredrick K.Orkin at our annual open house at Hogpen Hill Farms LLC,
my 234-acre tree and sculpture farm in northwest Connecticut.
Continuous silent megalith, a structure of unknown significance,
2012-2013, native stone and air,
300 x 30 x height 16 feet, or 90 x 9 x height 5 meters,
flows along on top of a local ridge.
The entire artwork is devoted to contemplative seeing beyond words, and visitors are requested to
remain silent when within sight of the stones. It is constructed entirely of stones found on the farm.
Many of the found stones are split to reveal fresh fractured cubist arrangement. Airspaces are constructed
and worked by adjusting the stones as the local configurations are created and revised.
Three infrared images of the
Airstream Trailer Interplanetary Explorer.
The infrared image lightens the darkness of the cool (in temperature) tree leaves,
and creates an especially eerie quality to the image immediately below.
Airstream Trailer Interplanetary Explorer, with a big stainless steel Feynman diagram
and a really big Tong Bird of Paradise, off toward a distant horizon.
Airspace, 14 feet height, aluminum petals, luscious reflections in pond.
Saturated-color/infrared images adjacent, then rotated upside down:
Fred Orkin's infrared photograph combines the textures of the Millstone 8 and the tree leaves
(lightened by their cool temperature by infrared imaging), best picture I've seen of the Millstone series:
Hogpen Hill #1, first piece installed at Hogpen Hill Farms 6 years ago,
stainless steel with matte (double-action grinding) finish intensely responsive to light,
24 feet tall, installation area recently revised.
Tong Bird of Paradise, on a hill against the horizon, largest version 30 feet wide x 20 feet tall, silhouette can be seen from far away.
Magritte's Smile resting on the deck of a studio.
Black swan boat at pond.
-- Edward Tufte