Art & Culture

Mountaintop Musings: Andres Institute of Art

Paul Andres likes to think big. When he purchased Big Bear Mountain in 1993, he sourced several outdoor sculptures to enhance his Brookline, NH mountaintop home. He then discovered a local master sculptor, John M. Weidman, and the two began collaborating on adding sculptures to the mountain. In 1998, they co-founded the Andres Institute of Art (AIA).

Beyond the beauty of this 140-acre sculpture park, which is open to the public year round and free of charge, the Institute is known for its annual International Bridges and Connections sculpture symposium. Artists from around the world come to Brookline for two weeks to create sculptures that will be placed on permanent display on the mountain.

Artists are paid a small stipend for their attendance, but the real reward is that they are allowed to create whatever sculpture they like and to place it wherever they want on the mountain. The Institute provides tools and materials to help each artist realize his or her vision.

As a result of the collective effort from these gifted artists, Andres Institute has over 80 thought-provoking original works of art nestled along peaceful walking trails all over the mountain. By placing sculpture within nature’s framework, viewers are encouraged to contemplate the unique relationship between art and the natural world.

Andres Institute of Art
106 Route 13 | Brookline, NH | 603.673.8441