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Episode Info: Would you like to attract people to your town to enjoy nature and art? You could organize a recycled art sculpture trail. Instead of hosting an arts festival in one area, people experience art along a trail – maybe in a downtown area or along a hiking trail. Maybe hearing about these trails, you will be inspired to make one in your area. One interesting point about hosting a recycled art sculpture trail is that you need to protect the work from weather and vandalism. The sculptures have to be designed to be strong enough to last. Here are five ways these events tackle this: They host the trail in busy places – spots with heavy foot traffic even at night – so someone is always able to keep an eye on the sculptures.They host the trail in parks, botanicals gardens or on museum grounds where the gates can be closed at night. They build sculptures that would be difficult to damage, such as those built from wood or welded metal. They make sculptures that can be moved inside at night.They offer the trail only a very short time like one or two days.Recycled Art Sculpture Trails Trails and Vistas (Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA) Guided hikes take place over two days in September. All along the trails there are artists creating magical moments – musicians, dancers, people wearing incredible costumes as well as visual art pieces. In 2019, it’s happening on September 6 and 7. They also do a huge concert and a field trip program for third graders called Dreaming Tree. This event is not focused on recycled art sculptures but I wanted to mention it because it was the first time I heard about showing art on a trail, and many of their past costumes were made from recycled materials. Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi & Cottesloe Beaches, Australia) It is the world’s largest free public sculpture exhibition and it has been happening since 1997. It takes place in two parts of Australia currently. Each October and November, it is at Bondi Beach near Sydney. Then in March, it is in Cottosloe near Perth in Western Australia. Most of the sculptures are not made from recycled materials, but here are my favorites made from recycled materials. Georgina Humphries, Groundswell – made from tents collected at festivals, then sewn a series of pyramid shapes, all attached together. Kerrie Argent, Over-Consumption – 5 sculptures from plastic caps all connected with zip ties, representing the gyres in the ocean where currents have swept huge amounts of plastic trash. She also made a sculpture called Homeless from recycled textiles that looked like a series of five patchwork tents. I love their Tactile Tours for people with visual impairments or other challenges who would benefit from touching the sculptures. Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape or TRAIL (South Devon, UK) This event has been happening for 15 years in South Devon. The sculptures are on a trail along a sea front. The trail is open from July 27 to September 1 an...
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