February 24, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 24, 2011 — The First Friday Art Walk on March 4 will introduce a new experience to Art Walk regulars: a three dimensional project created by the Drury and Springfield community will be on display in the basement of Gelato Mio. In the works since the fall, this art project is the first of many that will be displayed around the downtown area in the future.
Art Walk Sculpture Prototype
The installations, conceived, choreographed, and supervised by Drury University students, faculty and Drury University Alumni, will transform underutilized space in downtown Springfield by using common materials and community effort to produce striking spatial and artistic results. These installments will involve sculpture, dance, music, poetry, and prose, and use unconventional materials, such as packing tape, to provoke complex thoughts and emotions. Using available items and cheaper materials not usually associated with fine art, these projects are a creative way to involve the community in the First Friday Art Walk in a more hands-on way. This gives anyone the opportunity to collaborate as members of the artistic community in creating art installations conceived in the spirit of participation.
Gerard Nadeau, assistant professor of Architecture at Drury University, is heading up the venture, “We hope that the ongoing project becomes a major collaborative effort between the Drury community and Springfield, focused on First Friday Art Walk and the revitalization of downtown.”
Construction of the project will take place Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 205 Park Central East, and is open to the public. Those attending First Friday Art Walk on Friday, March 4 will have the opportunity to add to the project.
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