North Bennington Sculptor Creates Work for Aiken Wildflower Trail
There’s a new bird on the George Aiken Wildflower Trail, but you won’t find it in any of the National Audubon Society field guides. It’s a crow – a metal one – a large sculpture made from metal rods, wheels, tire irons and recycled tools, created by North Bennington sculptor Joe Chirchirillo. More than six feet tall and resting on a three-foot-high metal base, the crow was installed on May 21 in the meadow at the top of the trail, located in the Hadwen Woods at the Bennington Museum. This large public park features many of the native wildflowers and ferns that Aiken, a two-term Vermont governor and six-term US Senator, grew at his nursery in Putney. Aiken, author of ‘Pioneering With Wildflowers,’ urged communities everywhere in Vermont to create wildflowers gardens for their citizens and tourists to enjoy. The trail is open to visitors without charge from dawn to dusk.
Chirchirillo has been creating sculptures since the 1970s, originally in New York and New Jersey. Since moving to Vermont more than a decade ago, he began focusing on outdoor works, and in recent years has organized the annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. The sculpture was commissioned for the trail by Jackie and Tony Marro, two volunteers for the trail, created ten years ago and maintained entirely by volunteers. Right now many spring flowers are in bloom, including Virginia Bluebells, Trillium, native geraniums, Mayapples and Anemones. To become a volunteer, contact Jackie Marro at [email protected] For information about the scupture, contact Tony at [email protected] Either can also be reached by calling 802-681-3767.