Mother Nature is an accomplished artist in her own right and here in South County we are blessed to have so many beautiful vistas and spaces to explore. In South Kingstown there is a special spot where over 20 artists have contributed their work to compliment hers. Enter the woods through a break in a stonewall and suddenly you are in a world of sun-dappled whimsy. Welcome to the South Kingstown Land Trust Sculpture Trail. As you walk around the quarter mile trail your eyes will draw you to the sculptures small and large, but don’t forget to look up. The trees hold some wonderful surprises like a net of sparkling crystals, a world of welcoming hands swinging between branches.
The land trust is a private, non-profit corporation founded to protect wildland and farmland from encroaching development. Today, the trust protects over 2,600 acres of land in South Kingstown and creates hiking trails and open space for public enjoyment. The Sculpture Trail was a project five years in the making that started with a vision by local artists Troy West and Claudia Flynn to marry art and nature. “In April 2013, South Kingstown Land Trust staff and trustees met with sculptors on the site with the common vision of preserving an environmentally sensitive area as a sculpture trail and nature preserve,” says Troy. The trail officially opened on September 7, 2014.
Troy and Claudia will be hosting a guided tour on September 11 from 3-5pm as part of Land Trust Days by the RI Land Trust Council. Light refreshments will be served and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Green Hill Beach Road, South Kingstown, Reservations required by emailing Jeanine@SKLT.org or calling her at 789-0962x1