Berkshires #3 – Chesterwood, Botanical Garden

On to Chesterwood, home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French.

French created the Minuteman statue, “by the rude bridge that arched the flood” in Concord, MA for the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution’s Shot Heard Round the World battles at Concord & Lexington. He was only 22 at the time; the statue was cast from melted down Civil War cannons. 50 years later, his now-iconic sculpture of the 16th President was dedicated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The visitor center barn has some great video and exhibits. His studio holds his Lincoln model and his last sculpture, Andromeda. (double-click to enlarge any image). Boston is lucky to hold a number of works by this New England artist, from the doors to the Boston Public Library to the Milmore memorial “Death Staying the Hand of the Sculptor” at Forest Hills Cemetery.

The grounds are beautiful with formal garden and woodland trails which currently host 24  contemporary sculptures by the Boston Sculptors’ Gallery.

From Chesterwood to the Berkshire Botanical Garden, a nice little (only 15 acres) spot. Not too much in bloom in early June. It’s more of an educational resource for local gardeners than a “must see.”

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