Next Month, You Can Sunbathe Inside Art at Hamilton's Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Local artist Catherine Richards' works — from 2014 to 2018 — will take over the park in May

click to enlarge "Valance" by Catherine Richards - Catherine Richards
Catherine Richards
"Valance" by Catherine Richards

Local artist Catherine Richards is bringing her work to Hamilton's Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. In May, you can stroll through the park on a sunny day and lounge — not in a hammock or sprawled on a picnic blanket — but inside art. 

Opening May 6 and running throughout the month, Glass Architectures will feature works from throughout her recent career, from 2014's Valance — which was featured at Art Prize — to pieces completed through 2018. 

On her website, she describes Valance as an "architectural tapestry" covered in digital patterns that mimic nature, "etching away the reflective side of mirrored acrylic." Many of her other pieces mine similar themes of our interactions with nature vs. man-made objects. 

Trained as an architect, Richards' work attempts to understand architecture at different scales, according to her bio, "from discrete objects, sculpture and installations to pavilions and structures." 

One displayed structure, titled Room of One's Own: Sunbather Room, comes in the form of a private space that you can enter and (as the title alludes to) bathe in sunlight. 

According to the release, Richards' work has been shown locally at the Carl Solway Gallery and she has worked around the world. 

Glass Architectures explores a permeable architecture," Richards says in the release. "Open screens, glass facades, reflective elements and private spaces frame nature and our human relationship to it.” 

The park's executive director, Sean FitzGibbons, explains in the press release the sculptures are an "insightful exploration of space, light and material." 

He goes on to say that experiencing the breadth of Richards' structures in the natural backdrop of Pyramid Hill offers "unique perspectives between synthetic and organic." 

Pyramid Sculpture Park & Museum is located at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton. General admission is $8 for adults; $3 children. More info: pyramidhill.org.


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