ABS: Sculpture Garden Touch Tour — Woodson Art Museum


We are very fortunate at our museum that
we have a sculpture garden and being in north-central wisconsin our
weather is severe in the winter time and working with our curators we’ve
come to the conclusion that we can access our sculpture garden by touch with visitors without the use of gloves.
i approached are curator of collections to talk about the use of gloves having
watched that disability resource video as well as in that resource guide
we’re going to talk about the difference between the using vinyl gloves or the
cotton gloves. And she looked at me and said Erin, what the wisconsin winters do to these
sculptures are not even comparable to what hands
would do to them. By all means you can just use your hands. And the way in which we engage with these
sculptures, we lead touch tours through the sculpture garden. Now the sculptures varying
sizes, we have a large hippo that lays on the
ground and his name is Heavyweight he’s welcome for everyone to touch specially
our youngest visitors love Heavyweight so we use each of the sculptures in the sculpture garden for touch, talking about textures and shape and temperature of sculpture. One of the pieces in our sculpture
garden that is a favorite among all visitors sighted and blind is a Deborah Butterfield horse Kua and we
have found that on touchtours with blind visitors
almost all of them have experiences with horses and the way that Kua’s head kind of bends down, it’s a the very
approachable sculpture. Following looking at Kua, we sat down at a table set up underneath
the tent out in our garden to make art and we use wiki sticks to do some line drawing and it was amazing to me the types of creations that were made. They understood the concept of depth, of proportion in the horse because
their horse’s were better than a horse i could draw and
it was just who is just a really, really energetic moment.

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