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Summer art in garden nodes installation

Jun 02, 2014
Obelisk by Suzan Kessel

The Fairfield Art Association announces the arrival of its summer art installation Artful Obelisks.

This is the sixth annual event that involves artists creating original artworks to display in the downtown garden nodes of Fairfield.

The exhibit is timed to be in place by Friday’s art walk, and remain throughout the summer months for all to view and enjoy.

Obelisks are tall, four-sided pillars tapering to a pyramidal top. Several pre-designed five-and six-foot tall shapes were constructed by Fairfield High School’s shop class for this project, and offered to artists as a starting base.

Other artists are creating their own obelisks. This year, artists were invited to consider basing their creations on Fairfield’s 175th birthday, or Fairfield Area Community Theater’s silver anniversary celebration as a sub-theme.

The obelisk format present a new method of installation with the art association’s permanent underground pole system, with art pieces resting at ground level.

By changing up the installation this year, the Artful Obelisks are easily adapted for anyone’s garden space. A silent auction of the art will begin in August and continue through September’s art walk.

Artists participating in the Artful Obelisk project this year include, Holly and Bob Moore; Chuck and Terri Drobny; Mike Pech; Dori Lewman; Suzan Kessel; FHS; Melinda Arndt; Elaine Duncan and Vicki Gautherat; Grace White; Nan Adam and friend; Ingrid Saterstrom; and Kathy Tollenaere. A few more participants could be adding to the exhibit in coming weeks.

The Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsors this 2014 project in part with a grant.

Previous Fairfield Art Association installations have included manniquins, chairs, birdhouses, mailboxes — and last year, bicycle parts for a RAGBRAI theme. Many of the creations have found homes in distant places, such as Texas, Wisconsin and California. Visitors have contacted the art association about the project from as far away as Connecticut, and it was featured in the Iowan Magazine.

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