Saturday, July 24, 2004

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

By Jackie Demaline
Enquirer staff writer

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A new George Sugarman will arrive at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in the next few weeks. Michael Dunbar just left, happy with the installation of his 20-ton bronze “Euclid’s Cross.”

Nine emerging artists are featured in the sculpture park’s First International Juried Biennial through Nov. 1, which isn’t yet international, featuring sculptors from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina and Missouri.

Businessman Harry Wilks founded the outdoor museum devoted to contemporary monumental sculpture – just one of three in the U.S. – on 40 acres in 1995. Not quite 10 years later, he has installed miles of blacktop road through 265 acres of meadows, forest and lakes, for self-guided tours.

There’s an amphitheatre for Sunday concerts (more than 1,000 people showed up July 4) and summer Wednesday family programs, picnic tables for casual dining and plans for golf cart rental to take tourists along the back acres. The second annual art fair will be Oct. 8-10.

Wilks already has a model for the conference and visitors center and a dream of an atelier that would bring artists on site for short-term residencies where the public could watch the process of the sculptor’s art.

Take Pyramid Hill’s driving tour and you’ll see mounds, some covered in turf, some still earthen, along the route waiting for more sculpture to be installed.

“It seems like sculpture is the biggest thing in the art world today,” says Wilks. It’s certainly the biggest thing in Hamilton.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum is on Ohio 128, about 35 minutes from dowtown Cincinnati.

Park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, April through October. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays November through March.

Call (513) 868-8336 for more information.

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