On July 24, Wellesley’s Davis interns led the annual summer “Bark and Metal” tour. In brief presentations given along the tour, the student guides meshed art with nature in a way that gave context to features of the campus landscape that can be overlooked by students, faculty, and staff who hurry across the campus routinely, often unaware of the natural world.
They talked about the backgrounds of two campus sculptures, the artists who created them, and also the most prominent features of the surrounding environment—trees.
Started in 2014 by several Davis interns, the tour is collaboration between the Davis Museum and the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative. The students “communicate a sense of place by sharing the wonder and magic of art and nature and a deeper window into the cultural and natural students encounter every day,” said Suzanne Langridge, director of the Paulson Initiative. The tour was sponsored by Wellesley’s Office of the Provost.