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Photo: “Red Owl” by Andreas von Huene in front of the Casino at Castle Hill

Ipswich, MA – This summer, the Trustees and New England Sculptors Association present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition that snakes through the historic Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The “Spirit of Place” exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England’s finest sculptors and exhibited in gardens, along woodland paths, and alongside historic landscape features. This curated show opened on May 18 and closes on November 11, 2019.

Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark owned and cared for by The Trustees, is the former summer estate of Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. and his family. Crane commissioned the leading artists of his day at the turn of the twentieth century to design sculptures, fountains, and reliefs to beautify the landscape and outbuildings. “Spirit of Place” brings modern and classical sculptures to many of these same locations.  

The New England Sculptors Association, founded in 1948, collaborates with partners on exhibits and events that grow appreciation and understanding of sculpture as an art form. The Trustees, founded in 1891, was the nation’s earliest historic preservation organization. The nonprofit owns more than 115 Massachusetts sites of cultural and historic value.

The exhibition is complimentary with regular property admission, which is $15 per car for nonmembers and free for Trustees members. A free, self-guided tour exhibition program is available at the gate and in the Great House on house tour days, which are Tuesday through Sunday until October 27, and then weekends and holidays until November 11. Please note that sculptures in certain areas of the property may be inaccessible during certain public and private events during the year.

Visit The Trustees website at for the schedule of curator tours, artist workshops, and artist demonstrations during the exhibition. For more information about the exhibition or the Crane Estate, visit or call 978.356.4351 x4015.