There is a surprising exotic bloom on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT, a place once frequented by the Lyme Art Colony and known today as America’s center of Impressionism. Dubbed the Anticipator by its sculptor, Matthew Geller, it combines bionic metal limbs with a Star Magnolia tree planted in the 1920s by “Miss Florence.”
A new biomechanical hybrid that is part plant and part machine, Anticipator rests in place on the lawn overlooking the Lieutenant River, a favorite motif of the Art Colony painters. Described by its creator as playful and unexpected, it introduces the elements of mist and light, providing a screen through which visitors see the river as their surroundings are subtly changed.
Eventually nature will transform Geller’s sculpture, weathering it to a rich orangey brown color as the steel oxidizes into a delightful futuristic fusion of nature and human creation.
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Anticipator photo by Mary O’Connor © 2013