Collaborative sculptures under direction of artist David Williamson.
EXHIBIT OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Main Gallery at FA&CC
Five large size sculptures will be on display in the Main Gallery and the Atrium Lobby at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
“Project AWARE” which stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition, is a national award winning Iowa DNR cleanup event that celebrates rivers and volunteers who clean them up. During weeklong cleanups, canoes and kayaks are taken down stream searching for unsightly trash.
Williamson, an advocate of creativity and the environment, makes river clean up “cool”, and good things come out keeping Iowa’s rivers clean. This summer alone, 60 tons of trash was removed from the river from Dows, Iowa to Marshalltown. Everything from lawnmower motors, screen doors, typewriters, to bicycles, baseball bats and pitchforks are retrieved, then transformed into works of art, which Williamson calls “public sculptures by the public”.
Accompanying the sculptures on display will be original collaborative poetry about project AWARE, photographs of volunteers out on the river, and video segments of actually removing trash and later the foundry process.
This exhibit will remain up through October 25, when it moves on to it’s next location.