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UW-RF To Hold 7th Annual Outdoor Art Installations

August 12, 1998

For the seventh year in a row, the faculty and students of the UW-River Falls art department will be creating outdoor works of art that are designed to highlight a specific site on the campus grounds.

The 1998 Annual Outdoor Art Installations will start on Monday, Sept. 21. The finished installations can be viewed from Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Tuesday, Sept. 29. The public as well as the UW-RF student body, faculty and staff are invited to attend this outdoor art event.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, site maps identifying the individual installations can be picked up at Gallery 101 on the main floor or in the art department office, Room 305, both located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

Large and small, whimsical and serious, each artwork is designed to be temporary and to vanish without a trace after six days of public viewing.

Last year the art department celebrated it's creativity with over 75 installations which were enjoyed by taking a stroll through the campus.

Visitors might discover a colorful quilt made entirely of dried flowers and leaves, or a larger than life dancing pine needle figures. In past years guest artists and art department alumni have also joined the festivities by creating outdoor installations.

Art Professor Lynn Jermal noted that such temporary "site-specific" artworks have become an important expression of creativity in the Twentieth Century. For example, Bulgarian artist Christo's wrapped islands, walks and buildings use synthetic materials designed to withstand the elements, which are then recycled into other uses.

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures use only natural materials such as rocks and leaves which 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, Jermal said.

Visitors to the campus and students are asked to respect the artistic projects and not alter or damage the artwork.

For more information, call 715-425-3266.

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