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September 20, 2000

UW-RF Set 9th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit

This year marks the 9th Annual Outdoor Art Installations sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls art department from Oct. 6-10.

Faculty and students will create outdoor works of art, which are designed to highlight a specific site on the UW-RF campus grounds. Large and small, whimsical and serious, each artwork is designed to be temporary and to vanish without a trace after three days of public viewing.

Last year the art department celebrated it's creativity with over 40 installations that were enjoyed by taking a stroll through the campus. Visitors might discover shadows that have become permanent; a colorful quilt made entirely of natural materials, or larger than life dancing pine needle figures. In past years guest artists and art department alumni also joined the festivities by creating outdoor installations.

Temporary "site-specific" artworks have become an important expression of creativity. For example, Belgium artist Christo's wrapped islands; walks and buildings use synthetic materials designed to withstand the elements, which are then recycled into other uses. But British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures use only natural materials that immediately after fabrication begin to react to the chance conditions of weather and season and are left to naturally disintegrate.

These contemporary artists are exploring ideas that will only be experienced by others briefly, but memorably. Often these works also allow the process of collaborating with others to become an important part of the artistic process.

Beginning installation construction will start on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The finished installations can be viewed from Friday, Oct. 6 to Tuesday, Oct. 10. Viewers are asked to please respect the artistic ideas and to not alter or damage the artwork.

Site maps identifying the individual installations can found in Gallery 101 or in the Art Department Office, Room 172; both located in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, beginning Oct. 6. For more information, call 715/425-3266.

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