Acton, Massachusetts

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Acton, Massachusetts


Carlock, Marty, Sculpture


"New Art Archaeology"

The Quarry

Just beyond a new cookie- cutter housing development, the woods of semi-rural Acton, Massachusetts, open up into an astonishing sight: an assortment of contemporary sculptures made from wire, granite, and repurposed old machines. This is The Quarry, the creation of two Boston-area sculptors and head-quarters for a grass-roots initiative called Contemporary Arts International (CAI).

For the past four years, CAI has hosted a three-week symposium during which resident artists create granite sculptures on site, using huge surplus blocks from the disused quarry on the grounds. After acquiring the property, Yin Peet and Viktor Lois gathered scores of scattered, left-over blocks into a pair of tumbled granite walls measuring a dozen feet tall and a hundred long. Works created during previous symposia remain in situ; the intent is to keep adding as time goes on.

The founders of CAI draw on their roots in Taiwan and Hungary to bring sculptors to Acton. Last August, England and Boston were also represented. Trained as a Chinese temple carver, Wu Te-Ho modernizes the simplicity of that aesthetic yet retains familiar imagery. At The Quarry, he produced the head of a guardian lion atop an egg-shaped torso, an image both amusing and referential to his Chinese roots.

With time to spare, apparently, Wu found himself inspired by a carving left from previous years, oversize fingers of a right hand clutching a block of stone on a scale with the gigantic Buddhas of Asia. …

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