When it comes to nature trails, this is a goal-incentive hiking op that’s beatable only by the likes of cute little elves in pointy hats popping out from behind trees to reward one’s huffing and puffing with surprise ice cream cones.
Andreas Institute of Art in Brookline is a collaboration between two local residents—Paul Andreas, with his 140 acres of mountainy land and co-founder John Weidman, Master Sculptor on the one hand, and various notable sculptors from all over the world on the other. The end result is 10 miles of beautiful hiking trails that are dotted with sculptures, from whimsical to philosophically thought provoking. While here, the sculptors are housed by local host families, similar to foreign exchange students. They do not get paid; the entire venture is entirely for the sake of art amid nature.
There are currently 87 sculptures placed throughout 10 miles of otherwise pristine natural trails. The AIA’s website offers… “The grounds at Andres Institute of Art are open to the public year round -free of charge, and we encourage you to come and enjoy the well-marked trails. Maps are located at the trailhead behind parking lot of Big Bear Lodge.”
While the Andreas Institute of Art is non-profit, there are “non-profits” that charge high admissions and pay big salaries, and then there are non-profits that exist through passion for a mission. This is one of the latter; a true labor of love, so it’s one of those times when, if you enjoy yourself, donations would undoubtedly be much appreciated and put to deserving use. You can do that on their website.
Andres Institute of Art
98 Route 13, P.O. Box 226,
Brookline, New Hampshire 03033-0226