Renderings for “Ridge & Valley”, a 9′ x 67′ plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

The Bower is a developing 36-acre sculpture park and native landscape of meadows and woodland trails along the northern slope of the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania. Ten artists were selected out of a competitive “Call for Art” process procured through Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors. Works will be installed during Summer 2020, and the Bower will open to the public in Spring 2021.

Rutstein has created works spanning painting, sculpture and public art inspired by geology and the natural world for the last 20 years. The inspiration for her monumental, site-specific sculpture included in this project is the US EPA Ecoregions map of Pennsylvania. The Bower Sculpture Park resides in the “Ridge & Valley” section, a diverse region stretching northeast and southwest along almost the entire length of the Appalachian Mountains. Rutstein’s freestanding, plasma-cut Corten steel sculpture spans 9 x 67 feet, is 1 3/8” thick, and weighs in at 17 tons. The sculpture will be situated in an inclined meadow surrounded by trails and wooded areas, with vantage points stretching from above and below. The expansive, cut out lines will be illuminated at night with solar powered lighting. “Ridge & Valley” is slated for completion by August 2020.

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