Monday, October 12, 2015


photos Fred Stetson
On equinox, September 23, friends and Canadian students gathered at the sculpture ZIG ZAG in front of the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.

ZIG ZAG is the third of Kate Pond’s sculptures in her World Sculpture Project that she has visited to open time capsules in 2015.

The Colby-Curtis museum is housed in an Italianate style heritage home built in1859. It contains the collection of the Stanstead Historical Society, contents of a 1900th century home and Museum archives.

photo Fred Stetson
Chloe Southam, director of the museum and Kate discuss the exhibit at the Museum that documents Pond’s five sculptures in the World Sculpture series.

photo Barbara Waters
Friends, teachers and students from the Sunnyside Elementary School in Stanstead gather and dig under ZIG ZAG to find clay artwork and painted stones buried here on equinox in 1995.

photo Sandy Gandervalk
 Director Chloe and Kate use a Skype connection with Deputy Director Dag Andreassen at the Norsk Museum of Science in Oslo, Norway. Dag smiles while standing beside the SOLEKKO sculpture in the late afternoon sun.

 We poke with dowels so as not to harm clay artworks.

Sandy Vandervalk
Young boy in blue finds foot long tube in the hole and is ecstatic! 

photo Sandy Gandervalk

The clay artifacts are carefully washed as they are found. Stanstead College student says: “Maybe I can become an archeologist!”

photos Fred Stetson
 Virginie takes the clean clay pieces into the museum exhibit room.

photo Barbara Waters
 Suspense gathers as we prepare to open the tube.

photo Barbara Waters
We find a pair of earrings, a film canister and along with mildewed papers, a photograph of the Essex High School students in Vermont who created the clay pieces in 1995.

We set the sodden papers to dry in the sun, and plan to have photographer Grant Simeon’s black and white film developed later.

photo Sandy Gandervalk
Stanstead College students and Kate look at photos taken earlier at the sculpture ZIG ZAG.

photo Barbara Waters
Time for a relaxing moment in the sun.

Stanstead College is an independent boarding school for boys and girls in Grade 7 through 12. International students make up a good portion of the student body.

What's next: opening time capsules in Hawaii and New Zealand.

Photo Irene Fertik
We fill the ALL ONE sculpture’s time capsule in 2002 at the Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu.

On November 19 at 9am, students will dig up the time capsule and move the contents to the entrance of the college library. An exhibition of photographs, drawings and small clay sculptures from the capsules will be part of a month long exhibition.

In New Zealand, elementary school children look at the green ceramic egg-shaped time capsule inside its steel sarcophagus. The rough earth near the TELLING STONES sculpture was too difficult to dig so we placed the capsule safely inside the Mapua School in Mapua, New Zealand.

On December 4, if weather permits, we will move the ceramic “egg” time capsule outside near the TELLING STONES sculpture while students sing English and Maori songs. A small exhibit will be arranged in the school’s lobby and the school will host a public reception. All are welcome to attend.