Posted on September 12, 2013 by Mary Williamson
Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, is thrilled to host the East coast debut of “Flight” at its Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex, MA, September 11-30. “Flight” is the stunning exhibit of nine large-scale stainless steel birds, each with a wingspan of 12 feet, supported on metal frames 12 to 16 feet high. “Flight” made its award-winning debut at ArtPrize, the country’s largest art exhibition held in Michigan, in 2012. “Flight” is the third large-scale public exhibit designed by Haverhill native Dale Rogers. A full time metal sculptor since 2003, Rogers’ passion for public art led to his first exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” in 2009, followed by “Monkey Mania” in 2011.
“The flock will be arranged in a serpentine pattern in a waterside pasture, and brought to life by the reflections of sky, sun and water of the Cox Reservation landscape,” said Greenbelt’s Executive Director, Ed Becker. Visually interesting both up close and from a distance, the installation invites interaction. “We welcome the public to visit the Cox Reservation to stroll the grounds and marvel at the scale and artistry of Dale’s creation,” Becker added.
Read more about the Flight exhibition.
Dale Rogers visited Greenbelt’s headquarters in 2012 as a participating artist in the organization’s annual Art In the Barn benefit. At that time, “Flight” had just won the ArtPrize, and he was looking for a suitable location to reach new audiences for his work. “The Cox Reservation is an ideal site for “Flight,” offering many ways for people to enjoy the sculpture as an additional aspect of the landscape,” said Rogers. “I can envision families and children imitating the act of flying underneath the enormous birds, and others photographing the birds, --playing with the reflections to get the perfect shot,” he added.
Meet the Artist: Sunday September 29, 1-3pm. Dale Rogers will discuss the design, creation and installation of “Flight”, in Greenbelt’s free Monthly Walk Series. This event is also part of the Trails & Sails Weekend of Walks & Water, presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission.