Right here, hold your ear.
The rhythms of earth. What do you hear?
The rumbles of rocks, and secrets of stones.
The dullness of dirt. The creaking of bones.
Lips so sealed, never yield
The tales that are from us, concealed.
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Wheelwright created Listening Stone specifically for the Sculpture Park from a giant boulder excavated on the DeCordova’s grounds. Once transformed into a disembodied abstracted head, the sculpture was positioned in relation to nearby rock outcroppings.
I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful summer day at the DeCordova with my kids. Their encounters with modern sculpture in the lush natural setting were refreshing, frank and uncensored. My son gently cleaned grassy debris from this behemoth’s ears and nostrils. My daughter wondered if the head could have fallen from an enormous statue, like Mt. Rushmore. I enjoyed snapping photos of the weird and wonderful works, and pondered my compulsion to write poetry about our impressions.