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LongHouse Reserve's Latest Season Of Rites of Spring Is On Full Display

Abigail Whittington | July 10, 2019 | Lifestyle

LongHouse Reserve kicked off the season with new art installations.


Will Ryman, “The LongHouse 6” (2019)

Each year, art enthusiasts and horticulturists convene upon LongHouse Reserve, which premieres new art in its gardens during its annual Rites of Spring event. During the opening of its 28th season, LongHouse guests marveled at great sculptural designs among seas of tulips, daffodils and other blooms. This year’s featured artists include Wendell Castle, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Walsh, Young-Jae Lee and Will Ryman.


LongHouse’s famous “Second Lawn”

Ryman makes his Reserve debut with his “LongHouse 6” sculpture of a larger-than-life monochrome red rose with dropped petals on the Pyramid Plateau. The piece is similar to his 2011 The Roses exhibition on Park Avenue and serves as a commentary on the temporary nature of all things. Other pieces include Kaneko’s “Dango,” a black sphere with woven lines, in the middle of the sunken grass field of the Edward Albee Amphitheater; and Castle’s “Grand Temptation,” an architectural bronze bench designed for visitors to rest on as they relax in the garden. LongHouse will also feature ceramic works titled “Vessels” by noted artist Lee and “Enignum Shelf XXXVI,” a curvilinear wall shelf by Irish furniture designer Walsh.


Wendell Castle, “Grand Temptation” (2014)

Since textile designer, author and collector Jack Lenor Larsen acquired the property in 1986, he has worked to create a garden where sculptural art can come to life among the native flora and fauna of East Hampton. “Best are the trees,” Larsen says. “Both of the giant oaks each year are so knowingly pruned as to become bare-leaved—our finest sculpture.” Wednesdays and Saturdays through August, tickets $15, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton,


Photography by: will ryman photo © Richard Lewin; photos courtesy of longhouse reserve