Sited@Bernheim periodically generates site-specific art projects, which explore our deep relationship with nature through the lens of art.
Created on site, by emerging regionally, nationally and internationally known artists, each piece becomes a part of an ongoing dialog that connects people with nature, in engaging, and sometimes challenging, ways.
Sited@Bernheim is part of a larger intellectual dialog about the nature of public art, and is a shining example of public art at its best. It has impact beyond Bernheim borders, and helps to define the changing nature of contemporary art as the region develops and unfurls its public art program, becoming a part of the energy that drives innovation on many levels.
The first Sited@Bernheim project was Snake Hollow by internationally known artist, Patrick Dougherty and completed in April of 2012. This piece was built out of gathered willow saplings, a renewable resource, and built beside the Visitor Center by the artist and over 80 volunteers. It remained until November, 2013, at which point it was mulched and used on site, returning it to the earth. This sculpture was used to enhance the visitor experience as well as school curriculum, entitled Weaving Science and Art through Nature.
Another Sited@Bernheim project, Earth Measure by Louisville sculptor Matt Weir was completed in October of 2013. Titled after the ancient Greek origins for ‘geometry’, Earth Measure is an artwork honoring the life of Barry Bingham Jr.’s life and dedication to public service (1993-2006). This permanent art installation can be found at the east end of the Big Prairie and must be experienced to be appreciated!