Thea Alvin is an artist using dry stacked stone masonry as a medium for expression and is located in Morrisville, VT. She has created projects throughout the United States and Europe for more than 30 years. Thea spent three days on site in Spring 2019 to gain an understanding of the landscape and our intentions. Later during two weeks in November of 2019, as The Bower’s first artist residency, Thea and her partner Michael Clookey created a stone land art installation, The Kiss. The artists collaborated with the Allis’s and several friends to place over 100 tons of dry laid stone in the form of a 180 feet long curvilinear wall with a 9 foot high arch forming The Bower garden entrance. Stone for the wall is primarily local sandstone deconstructed and relocated from a nearby 1920’s barn, along with native conglomerate sandstone and Pennsylvania bluestone. View The Kiss from multiple perspectives in the slide gallery below.
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