Location: Kensington, NH, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $122,000
Katie Block Art
Big State Art
Blake is a new commission for Alnoba, a destination for retreats, leadership and wellness in Kensington, New Hampshire. Sited to draw visitors across the main field to a network of trails, Blake’s tapering form rises over 20’ high, its double doorways leading you down a hill and into the woods.
The client was looking for a sculpture that would draw visitors to an underutilized area of trails, creek and wetlands on the property. Set into a stone wall at the edge of field and woods, the towering form of "Blake" is visible from afar and its double doorways mark the trailhead.
"Blake" is the third collaboration with clients and art consultant, joining "Sawyer" and "Rays" located at the clients adjoining private home.
The Lewis Family Foundation created Alnoba to develop strong leaders and strong communities, help protect our wild places, support local farmers and promote healthy living, awaken reflection and creativity through art, and foster mindfulness. It is home to one of the largest outdoor art parks in New England, featuring international artists including John Lopez, Andy Goldsworthy, Michele Oka Doner, DeWitt Godfrey, Allan Houser, Ernesto Neto, Orly Genger, Bernar Venet and Pablo Atchugarry.