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Temporary Art Installation: A Path in the Woods

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A Path in the Woods Public Art Creation

A Path in the Woods
By Julia Gartrell
Medium: Papier-mache and inflatables 

High school students from around Cary assisted local artist Julia Gartrell with an art installation for this year's Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival. Student volunteers worked alongside the artist throughout a series of workshops during the month of April, following her lead to create various large "boulders" that sit beside the main pathway at Bond Park. Two different types of boulder structures were created: One using papier-mache and the other out of plastic inflatables. The papier-mache structures were created using biodegradable materials which will naturally decay over time, giving way to flowers and other native seedlings that were planted on top of the boulder formations. Meanwhile, the inflatables, while not compostable, were crafted using recycled plastic and fabric, and offer a nice visual  contrast with their biodegradable counterpart. "The goal," Gartrell stated, [was to] "create a colorful visual landscape with surreal undertones as well as ties to native craft practices in the local region."