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C FINE ART SCULPTURE : Shout, Kiss, and Curve by Carol Ross
Carol Ross' "Kiss, Curve & Shout" triptych of sculptures on exhibit at Bridge Gardens

Art in a natural setting. More than statuary in a concrete plaza, it's both physically soothing and culturally enriching to see man-made artwork mingling with Mother Nature--even, or especially, when Mother Nature has been given a landscaper's makeover.

A vicarious tour can't do it justice, but perhaps it may inspire you to see for yourself.

BRIDGE GARDENS It took Harry Neyens and Jim Kilpatric 10 years to design and install the Bridgehampton gardens, which they donated to Peconic Land Trust. This summer, the formal gardens and manicured patches of shrubs and perennials are enhanced by UNCOMMON GROUND, an array of sculptures curated by Cheryl Sokolow of Manhattan's C FINE ART Gallery.

You may mistake Naomi Teppich and Martin Springhetti's "Octillo Patch" for three spindly plants sporting pink fauna. But the artists are merely imitating nature. James DeMartis' "Willow" creates a fountain effect in the center of a bowl-shaped rose garden. A rooster crows nearby as we rest under the arbor for a better view. Carol Ross' playful "Kiss, Curve & Shout" triptych of polished metal sculpture stands out against the hedges that divide the easily walkable grounds. "Swift II", a lavender helix on a metal pedestal, stands guard at the entrance to another formal garden. Elsewhere, John Van Alstine's "Doryphorus" evokes a Cubist human form from a Picasso canvas.

You can "do" the garden of 17 sculptures in less than an hour. But lingering is rewarding.