Andes stone sculptor hosts weekend open house


Andes — Stone sculptor Ken Hiratsuka will hold an open studio in the sculpture garden at Squid Farm, his home in Andes, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. Squid Farm is located on Route 28 between Margaretville and Andes, look for stone sculptures in front of the red barn. Light refreshments will be served.
The sculptures, in granite, marble, and local bluestone, range from standing monoliths and massive tablets to small easily portable works and wall pieces. Each one has been formed through Hiratsuka’s signature method of carving in one continuous line. Works will be available for sale or by commission.
Hiratsuka, originally from Japan, has been based in New York City since 1982 and in Andes since 1997. Following a fellowship at the Arts Students’ League, he started his concept of carving one continuous line around the world, from New York City sidewalks to huge boulders in natural environments, in a statement of art’s capacity to transcend nations and languages. His work can now be seen in permanent sites in 19 countries and is included in museum collections in Finland and Japan. He has had one-man shows at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville and The Roxbury Arts Center’s Meade Gallery.