Long Meadow Ranch Unveils
Barrel Art Sculpture by Jack Chandler
May 6, 2005, Rutherford, CA
Long Meadow Ranch announced today the unveiling of a major new barrel art sculpture by noted California landscape architect and metal sculptor, Jack Chandler. The work, titled Moonrise Mayacamas, measures 11- by 13-feet and is installed on an exterior wall on the front of the rammed-earth winery and olive oil frantoio at Long Meadow Ranch. The work was commissioned by Long Meadow Ranch Winery in support of Barrel Art Napa Valley, which is a special 25th anniversary fundraising effort by Auction Napa Valley.
In celebration of 25 years of Napa Valley Wine Auction success, 25 wineries paired with 25 artists to turn 60-gallon oak wine barrels into works of art. A new spin on the “wine as art” concept, these works will be on display from May 20 to September 30 at the host sites. The exhibition concludes with an auction to raise funds for Napa County non-profit organizations focused on providing healthcare, youth development services, and affordable farm worker housing. Jack Chandler has donated his creative effort in support of these Napa Valley social service organizations.
The barrels, donated by Tonnellerie Quintessence of Bordeaux, France, were shipped to the artists in late January to begin the transformation. Chandler has employed more than ten barrels in constructing his thoroughly original work. The "deconstructed" barrels form a rough woven pattern that displays both wine-stained interior and aged exterior surfaces of the staves. A barrel end provides an abstract representation of the moon floating over the piece.
The sculpture comes alive with an antique brass faucet seeming to provide a connection to a full wine tank, which is whimsically marked with a cellar worker's chalk code "4LMR-CS-RP" (which means a blend of 2004 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from the R and P vineyard blocks).
A self-described "front-end dreamer and artist" Chandler is an established sculptor working with steel and glass. He is an avid traveler, making annual excursions to find design inspiration in the deserts of Utah, the coast of Mexico, and the sunny regions of Western Europe, most recently the coast of Turkey. The faucet included in Moonrise Mayacamas was a "find" on one of his recent trips to France.
Chandler has previously created works for Long Meadow Ranch, including a complete set of large-scale chess pieces in steel and copper and a 10-foot work in steel and glass, Long Meadow, an image of which is subtlely included in the winery's labels.
Barrel Art Napa Valley pieces will be on display at wineries and other sites located throughout the Napa Valley. The exhibition opens May 20 and runs through October 1, 2005. An exhibition guide and map (including addresses and viewing times) will be available online at www.napavintners.com and a printed version is available at a variety of Napa Valley locations.In October the works will be gathered together as a collection and auctioned at a gala event with bidding allowed both in-person and on-line.
Chandler has completed landscape designs for many Napa Valley wineries and residences and his sculpture is included in numerous prominent private and museum collections. He established Jack Chandler & Associates in the Napa Valley in 1976 and is a licensed landscape architect in both California and Texas. Bringing an artist's eye to his site designs and details, he handles the lion's share of the conceptual design work at Jack Chandler & Associates. Chandler holds an Associate degree from Orange Coast College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona.
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Barrel Art Napa Valley
Participating Hosts and Artists:
Artesa Winery - Gordon Huether
Cakebread Cellars - Richard Mendelson with Kim Taylor
Chappellet Winery and Vineyard - Yuroz
Conn Creek Winery - Dan Dailey
Cosentino Winery - The Painting Saints
Domaine Chandon - Lisa & Jeffrey Jacklich
Duckhorn Vineyards - Dave Huddleston
Franciscan Oakville Estate - Deborah Hayner
Hall - Michael Glaze-Bawulski
The Hess Collection Winery - Tom Dierkes
Joseph Phelps Vineyards - Clay McLachlan
Long Meadow Ranch - Jack Chandler
Longfellow Wine Company - Warren Knapp
Monticello Vineyards - Bill Patterson
Napa General Store - Paul Schick
Napa Wine Company - Kate Baker & Suki Diamond
Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery - William Wiley
Quintessa - Ona LeSassier
Robert Mondavi Winery - Margrit Biever Mondavi
Robert Pecota Winery - Robert Hudson
Rudd - Curtis Ripley
St. Supery Vineyards & Winery - Benbow Bullock
Trinchero Winery - Kevin Lynn
ZD Wines - Thomas Arvid
Long Meadow Ranch is an innovative organic farming operation - and purveyor of fine food - located high above the Napa Valley on the picturesque slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where it produces extraordinary red wine, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables for Napa Valley's finest restaurants. Long Meadow Ranch produces ultra premium wines and extra virgin olive oils, under the Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ranch House Red, Prato Lungo, and Napa Valley Select labels. Beyond the Napa Valley, America's top chefs have regularly featured Long Meadow Ranch wines and olive oils.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Contact: Chris Hall