Everybody knows about the metal sculptor John Tidd. No they
don't. They think they do. He is always appearing, reappearing and
disappearing. He was running Mountain Meadows when I was
cross-country skiing. It was his invention that kept the trails
clear and packed.
Next, he had made a huge pair of metal hands. No, there were
three hands nine feet tall. I saw it on TV, some city in the
mid-west. People were stringing a cat's cradle between them and
then bouncing up and down. Where did he get that idea? Who paid for
Then, years later, I am a member of the Killington Arts Guild and
Tidd has put a sculpture on the lawn in front of Cabin Fever Gifts.
It is a sort of single wing that is supposed to blow with the wind
but the piece keeps falling down and coming apart. Then someone
moves it somewhere else.
I'm writing a piece about new art in the KAG Gallery and there
is a big tree root that has been cleaned and shined up, a big
opening at the top and tiny entry holes at the bottom-found art,
you guessed it, by John Tidd.
Last week at Osher (Rutland Area Lifelong Learning Institute),
he told about about his life. How he graduated from Middlebury
College and wanted to teach chemistry but didn't have a PhD and
just happened to have studied mechanics. He tells us about creating
a helmet. His art sprang up on the screen in front of us. He
finishes his lecture with something new-creating a recipe for good
cookies that we can take home and try. He thought cooking would
help us understand the essential ingredients for creativity.
Geraldine Russell of Killington, representing Osher,
introduced the program. She is also on the Board of the Killington
Arts Guild. Many people come from the Gables. Marybeth Bloomer said
that most of Tidd's art springs from his interest in mechanics. His
business, John Tidd Designs LLC - Sculpture and Delightful Things,
certainly is an expression of both his sculpture and his attitude
Folks from the Gables often attend Osher programs on Fridays at
the Godnick Center, after this program they overwhelming thought
John Tidd was terrific.