SAINT PAUL (June 11, 2013) — Throughout the summer, Public Art Saint Paul will offer free public art workshops in Saint Paul’s Western Sculpture Park. Beginning June 15, 12 workshops will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Saturdays through August 24. The workshops are free, drop-in sessions open to children and families with no need to register in advance. PASPider workshops are produced in partnership with the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation.
PASPider is a mobile art lab that seeks to foster imagination in the public realm and build skills of young participants. It promotes sustainable art making with all art-making materials being environmentally friendly, organic, or collected from the waste-stream. Each 3-hour workshop offers interactive art making activities with professional teaching artists. The workshop content and medium will vary each Art Day. Scheduled content includes: community mapping, seasonal tableaux, circus croquet, animal sculptures, painting, food art, and more.
Western Sculpture Park is located on Marion Street, between I-94 and University Avenue and just across the street from Sears. Free parking is available on the surrounding streets. For information on PASPider and the summer workshop schedule in Western Sculpture Park visit Public Art Saint Paul’s web site at www.publicartstpaul.org.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 15
Tuesday, June 18
Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, July 2
Tuesday, July 9
Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, July 17
Tuesday, July 23
Tuesday, July 30
Tuesday, August 6
Tuesday, August 13
Tuesday, August 20
Saturday, August 24
This tent-like shelter itself is a giant artwork. A kinetic spider puppet, created by artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella is installed atop a custom-built 13-foot Scamp trailer. With its eight googly eyes rolling and winking, a small megaphone in its smiling lips and animated mandibles, it crawls through the neighborhood streets to announce its arrival. Once in the Park, PASPider’s eight legs stretch 25 feet, providing a sun canopy to shade the art-making below.
Artist 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.
2013 marks the 15th anniversary of Western Sculpture Park. Since 1998, the non-profit Public Art Saint Paul has produced an exhibition of sculpture by leading American Artists. Currently, there are 20 artworks exhibited, on loan from artists coast to coast. The park is anchored by a 70- foot kinetic sculpture by the eminent American artist Mark di Suvero: Grace à Toi (Homage à Michel Guy). The exhibition is curated by John Hock, artistic director of Franconia Sculpture Park.
The Western Sculpture Park Sculpture Exhibition, Arts Festival, and PASPider workshops are made possible through Public Art Saint Paul’s partnership with the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.