“Stone Field Sculpture,” an arrangement of 36 boulders by the preeminent Minimalist sculptor Carl Andre in downtown Hartford near the Wadsworth Atheneum, could be damaged as part of a major plan to expand Hartford’s Bushnell Park, Real Art Ways director Will K. Wilkins writes in the Hartford Courant. Wilkins reports that park designers “have made an early proposal to rearrange some of the stones, and run water through a portion of ‘Stone Field.’” Andre, who was born and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and studied at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, created the public artwork in 1977.
Update July 2: The Hartford Courant editorial board argues: “Downtown Sculpture Too Valuable to Alter … The iQuilt [park renovation] plan is a fine idea with great potential; it doesn’t need to reconfigure a famous piece of public art to succeed. … Hartford has lost too much of its physical past, too many treasures. ‘Stone Field’ is unlike anything anywhere else, a sublime piece of artistic place-making, part of city history, a must-see in downtown. It stays, as is.”