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September 24, 1999

Outdoor Art Installation Set

The trend of creating art that vanishes with the elements will re-visit the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with an expected 75 exhibits.

The UW-River Falls art department will hold its 8th Annual Outdoor Art Installations activity Oct. 6-8. Construction of the art begins on Oct. 4 and will be found throughout the campus.

Site maps identifying the installationa may be picked up at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building in the Art Department Office or in Gallery 101 beginning on Oct. 6.

The artists involved in this event will build temporary outdoor works of art designed to take advantage of specific site features on the UW-RF campus grounds. The artists' talents will produce a variety of masterpieces ranging from large or small to playful or serious.

Last year's exhibit included art pieces such as colorful quilts made of all natural materials, pine needle figures, giant rocking chairs, and impermanent shadows.

Temporary site-specific art has become a popular expression of creativity in the 20th Century. Belgium artist Christo, for example, creates walks and buildings made of synthetic materials designed to withstand the elements and which are eventually recycled. Another artist, Andy Goldworthy, uses only natural materials to build sculptures that begin to disintegrate immediately after fabrication.

These artists use many unique tools to build art that leaves a memorable impression on its viewers. Working with others has become an important step to the artistic process for artists involved with site-specific art.

For more information, contact the art department at 715/425-3266.

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