ST. PAUL (June 12, 2014) — Throughout the summer, Public Art Saint Paul will offer free public art workshops in Saint Paul’s Western Sculpture Park.
With the successful kickoff of the Spider Mobile Art Lab on Tuesdays, from June 10 through Aug. 23, The workshops will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.
The workshops are free, drop-in sessions open to children and families. No need to register in advance.
Attend one, some, or all of the Spider workshops. The Spider Mobile Art workshops are produced in partnership with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
The Spider is a mobile art lab that seeks to foster imagination in the public realm and build skills of young participants. Each three-hour workshop offers interactive art making activities.
This summer, the Spider explores the urban water system. Through fun and engaging art making activities, we will ask – where does our water come from, how can we care for it, and where is it hiding beneath our feet? Join us as professional teaching artists blend the water system with free, open, ecofriendly art making activities.
Workshops are produced by Public Art Saint Paul in partnership with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and a host of education, environmental conservation, and community organizations, including the Capitol Region Watershed District.
Western Sculpture Park is located on Marion Street, between I-94 and University Avenue and just across the street from Sears. Free parking on the surrounding streets.
Eek – I saw the Spider! This tent-like shelter is a giant artwork in itself – a kinetic spider puppet, created by artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Installed atop a custom-built 13-foot Scamp trailer, Spider moves – even its mandibles are animated. With its eight googly eyes rolling and winking and a small megaphone in its smiling lips, it crawls through the neighborhood streets to announce its arrival. Once in the Park, the Spider’s eight legs stretch 25 feet, providing a webby sun canopy to shade art-making below.
Christopher Lutter-Gardella, founder and artistic director of Puppet Farm Arts, is a sculptor and theater artist, whose work revolves around the design, construction and performance of masks, puppets, contraptions, costumes, theatrical accessories, and sculpture installations. His work is seen in schools, parks, festivals and art centers.
The Western Sculpture Park Sculpture Exhibition and the Spider Mobile Art Lab workshops are made possible through Public Art Saint Paul’s partnership with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and with generous support of the R. C. Lilly, Elmer and Eleanor Andersen, I. A. O’Shaughnessy, and Sage Cleveland Foundations, individual contributors to Public Art Saint Paul’s Program Fund, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant.
The exhibition is curated by John Hock, artistic director of Franconia Sculpture Park.
For information on the Spider Mobile Art Lab and the summer workshop schedule in Western Sculpture Park, see Public Art Saint Paul’s web site: www.publicartstpaul.org.