Posted by: groundsforsculpture | August 9, 2011

Steve Tobin Down the Shore

By Linda Pickering, Docent

As you can see on the autumn calendar, Steve Tobin’s Aerial Roots exhibit in the new seven-acre wildflower meadow (“the Meadow”) at Grounds For Sculpture will open on September 17, 2011.  Aerial Roots will be on display for four seasons so visitors may return to marvel at how these soaring steel forms change with light, weather, foliage, and time.  Everyone at GFS is excited and anticipating the opening of both the new Meadow and the Tobin exhibit.

Knowing this, I was surprised to see a familiar-looking form on the Bay side of Long Beach Boulevard in Loveladies on Long Beach Island.  Pulling in alongside the 1950s “Michael Ryan Architect” building, I saw more “Roots” behind.  The pop-up gallery was opened by Ryan this past June as a way to use the classic building that no longer holds his architect’s firm.

Several pieces from Tobin’s Roots series stand outside, both full-size works and some maquettes.  Beyond them is a view of a lagoon lined with summer cottages and boats.  Inside, there are pieces from his Syntax series (swirls of cast bronze letters and numbers), dozens of cast bronze shoes overflowing with fruits and vegetables, and a whole wall of Tobin’s exploded clay works.

If you’re on LBI before August 28, you can stop in and spend a delightful hour at the shore, inhaling sea air and high art.  And then, as summer gets ready to call it quits, plan your visit to Grounds For Sculpture, the new Meadow and the Steve Tobin exhibit.

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