Wayfaring art installation takes Naumkeag’s Garden Party to new heights

(Emily Thurlow) Guests take in the reflective sight of Doug Aitken’s “New Horizon.”

STOCKBRIDGE — Throughout its 127-year history, the more than 100 properties preserved and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations have served as inspiration for artists.
In an effort to enhance and enrich visitor experiences at those properties, the Trustees launched its Art & the Landscape initiative in 2016. Much of the public art, however, have been erected in a very site-specific manner.
This year was different.
Instead of a static art installation, this year, the artwork — a 100-foot hot air balloon with a mirrored surface — traveled across Massachusetts, highlighting and reflecting several of the state’s most iconic locations. The piece, titled, “New Horizon,” was created by California-based multimedia artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken.

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