Andres Institute of Art, Brookline

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Andres Institute of Art is a public sculpture park in Brookline, New Hampshire, United States, founded in 1996 by local benefactor Paul Andres and sculptor John Weidman. It is the largest sculpture park by area in New England,, with a collection of more than 80 metal and stone sculptures are distributed over 140 acres (57 ha) on Potanipo Hill, the site of a former ski area. The sculptures are situated in a variety of garden and forested situations, spread over eleven hiking trails on the hillside. The trails range from easy to difficult, and the views along them change drastically with the changing of the seasons. Most of the sculptures are abstract and cryptic pieces, with each year's accessions coming from both new artists and familiar ones. The trails lead visitors by works such as Contempo Rustic, a couch fashioned from slabs of rock and metal, or Mbari House, a house-shaped granite-and-metal totem to peace and friendship.
Since 1998, the institute has sponsored an annual Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium. Artists are invited to visit Brookline for two weeks to create sculptures for permanent display at the institute. Sculptors from Lithuania, Latvia, England, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Egypt, Greece, Chile, and many states of the U.S. have attended the event. As the artists work, the public is invited to observe and interact with them, and to join guided tours of the collection.
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  • This is a real gem of a forest with hiking trails, main road and an artist's studio to explore. There are 10 miles of trails with sculptures on all of them. You can spend an hour or several traveling....  more »
  • Really neat spot for an afternoon hike! The trails can be a bit steep but aren't really any big deal for the average person. While you hike you'll pass by many cool sculptures as well as the big...  more »
  • Great hike. Many trails and sculpture to view. The owner was at the studio and came out to say hello. He was working on a project. Nice guy. Worth going several times to see everything. I need to go back.
  • The parking situation was a bit hectic but perhaps it was just because of the day and time we had visited. You can spend all day here trying to walk all the trails or you can break it up into sections and come back at another time. Some of the trails are nice easy and flat where others are fairly steep (for walkers, not hikers). But of course, my opinion is the best art is on the harder trails. Great for a family fun day outdoors that has pretty open trails. There is always something fun to find here!

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