ENOSBURG FALLS — “I don’t have endless patience in the rest of the world,” David Stromeyer says, standing next to a sculpture of the word “Dreamer,” with the rolling foothills of the Cold Hollow Mountains, in their full fall color, visible in the distance.
“I have endless patience when I’m doing my art.”
But maybe that goes without saying for Stromeyer, who’s made hundreds of sculptures over the past five decades. More than 60 of his pieces dot the roughly 40-acre Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, which he owns with his wife, Sarah, in Enosburg Falls.
Stromeyer’s sculptures at the park are, in a word, massive. Some are more abstract and others more figurative. Some are painted bright reds and blues, and others bare rusted metal. Some you can only walk around, but others you can walk straight through.
He doesn’t like to reuse ideas, he said, and “life’s too short” for that, anyway.
On Saturday, Stromeyer led about 100 visitors on a walk through the park, telling stories and answering questions about his work along the way. The walk started at the piece that spells out “Dreamer” in colorful, twisting letters, titled “Portrait of the Artist.”
Stromeyer also stopped at a piece he finished this year called “What More Can I Say?” The work has yellow and purple letters stacked haphazardly on top of one another to form the word “Joy.” Each steel letter can also spin around in the wind or with a push.
“It’s just interesting when it keeps moving, and you keep seeing different sides and different colors,” Mitch Fried of Essex Junction said of “What More Can I Say?” “Especially with the sun shining on it, and the clouds coming in and out.”
Along with metal, some of Stromeyer’s works also make use of rocks. For instance there’s “Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?”, a yellow sheet of steel that appears to be folding under the weight of a roughly 3,000-pound rock perched on top.
To shape part of another recent work, “Body Politic,” the artist dropped a rock onto two large plates of steel. To make the rock fall, he shot the clamp holding it up with a rifle.
None of Stromeyer’s works have titles from the outset, he said. In terms of “Body Politic,” which has pieces of metal jutting out in many different directions, he said he sees “individuals coming together for a period of time, but then going off.”
Another part of Stromeyer’s process is figuring out where to place each sculpture at the park. The pieces have to fit in well with the landscape, and with one another.
“Here, the sculpture is not really complete until it has been sited,” he said. “It gives it an import and a place that’s vital to every piece.”
Stromeyer bought the property that the Cold Hollow Sculpture Park sits on, which totals about 200 acres, in 1970. He and Sarah Stromeyer opened the park in 2014.
The couple lives on the grounds, which also include David Stromeyer’s studio. The studio has multiple cranes and a hydraulic press the artist custom-built himself.
Visitors often ask Stromeyer how long it takes to make a sculpture, he said. But there’s no good answer — sometimes a single step in the process can take days.
“It’s an impossible question,” the artist said. “It takes exactly the amount of time it takes.”
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