The 2019 EcoArts Sculpture Walk at Trailside Park in Middletown – LOCUS, a Sense of Place – was the 14th annual Sculpture Walk at the park, but the first since the Valley Fire. The fire devastated the 2015 sculpture walk, the park (a natural reserve) and over 66,000 acres of forest and wildlife including 2000 homes and structures.
The park is much changed. About 40,000 burned trees and shrubs were removed. Lack of habitat means lack of wildlife, and damaged ecosystems. But nature has profound resilience and the natural environment and its eco systems are recovering and rebounding, on their own, and with a little help from Lake County Public Services, local community members, artists, and school children.
LOCUS is a project of EcoArts of Lake County/Middletown Art Center (MAC), a non profit made by community for community. Our overarching goal is to weave the arts into the fabric of life in underserved rural Lake County, especially as we continue to recover, rebuild, and learn to live with the reality of wildfire. Learn more about MAC and LOCUS at www.middletownartcenter.org.
LOCUS is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Eclipsopy is a collaboratively made canopy shade structure to assist regrowth at Trailside Park.
More info at https://www.middletownartcenter.org/locus
Burning Man 2017 film done by the International Wood Culture Society delves into what Oscar Wilde once said using a cultural approach, "It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little."
This statement is especially relevant in today's context when the world is bracing itself to enter into an more advanced era. Through different perspectives from the founders, artists and burners, we hope to inspire the audience to connect more with nature and have a humble attitude towards the vast spectrum of divine powers and energies.
Sysimetsä story starting @ 11:20 min