Brian Jacobson

A Winter’s walk through the Lynden Sculpture Garden

By - Jan 20th, 2012 04:00 am

At the Lynden Sculpture Garden on W. Brown Deer Rd., Director of Education Jeremy Stepien prepared the upstairs art room as the last hours of sun streamed through the windows on Sunday for “Light Up The Garden.” Before the session ended, the room was filled with adults and children working with tissue, paint and beads to create their own personal glass lanterns for a stroll through the garden.

The project is relatively simple and the results are charming. First, take any jar or vase with a ridge or curve near the top. Then, by using a kind of decoupage agent called “Mod Podge,” glue and seal the cut pieces of colored tissue, or mix with a light application of paint to the glass. Then by bending various pieces of heavy-gauge wire around the rim with s-clips and a handle, adding a little sand for weight and a votive candle, and wah-lah! — you have your own hurricane lantern.

The participants were then ready to take a sunset walk through the sculpture garden. With the wind and fallen snow that day, nobody got too far along the trail before flames flickered and blew out, but it didn’t seem to matter to anyone, as everyone retreated to the estate house for hot cider and cookies. You can check out the blissful results below or at our TCD Flickr account. Lynden Sculpture Garden began its Winter program this week, aimed at the arts and even the French language for children. For more information on membership or the eight-week programs open to members or the public, visit their website.

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