People gathered across the street from River Road Plaza Friday, June 26, to celebrate Konnected, a new sculpture loaned to the town by artist Carole Eisner of Weston and the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan.
First Selectman Bill Brennan was the first to arrive. He placed a small plaque under the sculpture that named the piece and its lenders, and then waited for people to come, shaking hands and greeting them as they did.
As the crowd filled out, Brennan called them to gather and began to speak.
“Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of art,” he said, “and that’s interesting. We have always felt that Wilton is an interesting town, but we want to make it a little more interesting. This is a very popular area for walking, and, you know, one of our selectmen said to me one day, ‘sculpture makes you think.’”
He admired the artist, saying, “Carole Eisner is an amazing person as I’ve gotten to know her and looked at the collection of work that she’s done over 40 years; it’s unbelievable. And I am so appreciative of having this piece of art in our community for a year, at no cost to the town. And in collaboration with the Silvermine art guild, we’re looking into future projects.”
After thanking Eisner, he thanked those others who were involved with the sculpture, and even those who were not.
“I am thankful to all of you; this is just great. It’s in a good spot; we’ve added a couple of delicate lights for insurance and safety; now come shop, buy, eat, and enjoy yourselves in Wilton,” he said, and then introduced the artist to comment on her creation.