The Circle Museum by the side of the road in Austerlitz, New York, was a special surprise that made the time pass as I wandered along the NY & MA state lines.
While on a long training day bike ride through the Berkshires I happened upon a disused body shop. It was a pleasant surprise to witness strange and wonderful sculptures on the lawn of the shop: soaring, abstract swirls of rusted metal; primary-colored shapes framed by trees in the background; giant eagles feathered with individual pieces of iron.
The field behind the Circle Museum
I drove past the yard making my way along Route 22. The property was surrounded by a low stone wall and a fence made from a single steel cable, the yard contains over a hundred sculptures, jockeying for space around the studio, colonizing the slope behind the old shop up to a shed. It made me wonder what or who made a living in this way and I spent some time while pedaling along imagining myself piecing together random objects in animal shapes that would certainly make my wife laugh. I thought, that’s a crazy way to spend the day… and I suppose the sculpture felt the same way about the spandex clad road biker pedaling along his lonesome country road on a sunny Saturday morning.