Art in the Gardens
Exhibits at the Garden
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens hosts many art and sculpture exhibits throughout the season. Learn more about the current and upcoming exhibits below.
Steve Tobin: Unearthed
By Steve Tobin
Contemporary artist Steve Tobin’s dramatic and large-scale root sculptures are displayed throughout the Gardens. Well known for his Trinity Root 9/11 memorial sculpture, a tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attack in Lower Manhattan, Tobin is a prolific and visionary sculptor whose artist’s eye and rigorous scientific mind have led to diverse artworks in a wide range of media.
Tobin has a long, personal history in Maine. “As a child, I canoed in Maine―the Allagash, the St. John, the St. Croix. I love Maine. I love the light and shadow. The flora and fauna, the tidepools―they’re all amazing inspirations.”
Whether visiting Maine or back on his 14 acres in Pennsylvania, Tobin’s true home has always been nature. “Nature has always been my refuge―living in it, that’s my inspiration. Walking in the woods, picking up pine cones, stones, leaves, roots, letting my mind wander.”
Winter Walk in the Garden
By Deborah Randall
These works by Deborah Randall evoke the winter landscape of Maine through color and light. Blurring the lines between abstraction and representation her works create a mood through color, line, and value. She works from observation, memory, and intuition to convey atmospheric perspective and the timelessness in nature.
“A painting can be a record of a certain period that grows out of the process of searching and questioning, obscuring, and revealing. With subsequent layers exposed, then covered, the passage of time becomes evident in the work. Ultimately, forms are manipulated and distorted at the expense of visual order.” –Deborah Randall
Deborah Randall lives in Kennebunkport, ME and is represented by Portland Art Gallery, Portland, ME.
As you tour the gardens you will see many works of sculpture that are part of our permanent collection. Mostly through generous donations, we have built a wonderful collection of regional artists whose works relate to our mission. To see where these works are located, use Florafind to locate where in the gardens a work is found.
Alert Wolf and Stalking Wolf, Wendy Klemperer, steel rebar
Internationally recognized artist Wendy Klemperer uses scrap metal to make welded animal forms. This piece is located along the Garden’s entrance drive.
Alexander’s Threshold, Andreas Von Huene, granite
Andreas von Huene is an artist and sculptor working on a wide range of private and public art projects in stone. This piece is located by the intersection of the Maine Woods Trail and Birch Allee.
Axis Deer and Running Deer, Wendy Klemperer, steel rebar
Internationally recognized artist Wendy Klemperer uses scrap metal to make welded animal forms. This piece is located on a clearing along the Garden’s entrance drive.
Basin, David Holmes, carved stone
Maine artist David Holmes uses old world techniques to make his sculptures of stone, wood and bronze. This piece is located in the center of the Meditation Garden.
Chiseled Glass Orb, Henry Richardson, glass
Artist, inventor and craftsman Henry Richardson uses plate glass in sculptures that are animated by refracted light. This piece is located at the bottom of Haney Hillside Garden.
Earthbook, Cat Schwenk, cast concrete
Cat Schwenk makes mixed media art with a focus on nature and language. This piece is located by the Coloring Cottage in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.
Flock of Birds, George Sherwood, stainless steel
George Sherwood is an artist and engineer well known for his kinetic sculpture made of stainless steel. This piece is located beside the bridge in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.
Mother Earth, Dick Alden, carved stone
Dick Alden of Starfish Studio carves marble and granite into forms that strive for rhythm and harmony. This piece is located along the entrance to the Rhododendron Garden.
Pine Cone, Steve Tobin, metal
Internationally known artist Steve Tobin works in many media. This work is part of his New Nature Series. It is located at the intersection of the Maine Woods Trail and the Shoreline Trail.
Rabbit, Lisa Becu, carved stone
Lise Becu draws on Inuit mythology and imagination to create stone carvings of animals and people. This piece is located by the Reflexology Maze in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.
Sal’s Bear, Nancy Schon, bronze
Nancy Schon makes public art in bronze that often is based in literature such as her Make Way for Ducklings installed at the Boston Public Garden. This piece is based on the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. It is located on one of the Blueberry Islands in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.
Sentinel Island II, Gary Haven Smith, granite
Gary Haven Smith is an abstract stone sculptor known for his granite pieces which contrast precision cuts with raw stone.This piece is located in the Burpee Kitchen Garden fountain.
Splash, Herb Ferris, stone
Herb Ferris outdoor works are made of wood and stone. His work can be found in many public collections including the Smithsonian and Middlebury College. This piece is located along the Shoreland Trail by the Fairy House Village.
Stone Faces, William Jacobs, carved granite
William Jacobs creates unique sculptures carved from locally collected granite fieldstones. There are five faces located throughout the Central Gardens.
Stone Pumpkins, Bill Royall, stone
Produced by Maine Millstones, these works are hand carved from granite and are a part of the Garden Art collection. These pieces are located in the gardens beside the Seagull Pavilion in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.
Stonewall Dragon, Carole Hanson, carved stone
Carole is renowned for her design of large scale sculpture of natural forms for landscape settings. This piece was inspired by the book The Stone Wall Dragon by Rochelle Draper. It is located by the Seagull Pavilion in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.
The Codfather, Steve Lindsay, bronze cast over wood
Steve Lindsay is best known for his carvings made from locally available wood and stone for public and private collections. This piece is located by the intersection of the Maine Woods Trail and the Shoreline Trail near The Landing.
Wave Bench V, Gary Haven Smith, granite
Gary Haven Smith is an abstract stone sculptor known for his combination of raw stone with precision cuts in granite. This piece is located near the Great Lawn.
Whales, Carole Hanson, carved stone
Carole is renowned for her design of large scale sculpture of natural forms for landscape settings. This piece is located at the entrance of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.
Wind Orchid, George Sherwood, stainless steel
George Sherwood is an artist and engineer well known for his kinetic sculpture. This piece is located next to the ledge on the Great Lawn.