‘Night Forms’ returns to Hamilton, NJ’s Grounds for Sculpture

HAMILTON (Mercer) — Building on founder Seward Johnson’s challenge to increase winter and cold-weather attendance at a park primarily known for its outdoor venues, Grounds for Sculpture will launch the second season of its “Night Forms” installation on November 25.

A partnership with Klip Collective, the upcoming season will be called “Infinite Wave”, and Faith McClellan, GFS’s director of collections and exhibitions, said it would retain some elements of last season’s “dreamloop” but also offer some new surprises.

“We’ve added three new facilities and widened the trail so people will pass through even more areas of the park that weren’t activated last year,” McClellan said.

According to McClellan, Klip Collective’s involvement transforms existing exhibits on the grounds into an immersive visit that “activates” the property during a time of low footfall.

“They create an experience and a space with the viewers’ experience in mind, but at the same time they want to challenge our concept of space and the way we perceive the world,” she said.

As part of this new and different perception, McClellan said there is an increased focus this season on interaction.

This not only includes the artworks and crafts, but also the people with whom visitors share their journey in the post-COVID era.

“We’re going to include hands-on interactive components that visitors can actually interact with and that will create a ripple effect throughout the installation,” McClellan said. “I think we really saw that people thought Grounds for Sculpture was a place where they could come together and meet friends and family, and have this meaningful experience.”

McClellan said drinks and a central gazebo space will be provided to keep patrons as warm as possible and to socialize as they pass through and explore.

Tickets went on sale to the general public on Thursday and can be purchased here.

Once open, Night Forms: Infinite Wave will run Thursday through Sunday nights until April 2, 2023.

Nocturnal forms: infinite wave on the ground for sculpture

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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