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August 19, 2006

Scout project enhances Woodland trail

Internationally renowned sculptor’s work featured at Falls of the Ohio

Nature enthusiasts will notice something new when taking the half mile long Woodland Loop Trail at the Falls of the Ohio State Park: 10 stainless steel sculptures marking the nearby plant life.

The sculptures were added Saturday by volunteers who were being overseen by local Eagle Scout hopeful Jack Arbaugh.

Each year, scouts conduct 100-hour projects in order to obtain the status of Eagle Scout. Arbaugh, 15, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 12 in New Albany.

Arbaugh, who's currently a Life Scout, said he had noticed the disrepair of the old wooden trail markers, some of which had been vandalized or stolen over the years. With that in mind he decided to make the park's trail his project. "Coming to this park was one of the first things I ever did as a scout," said Arbaugh, "when I was a tiger cub."

Through a family connection, the Scout was able to draft Louisville artist David Caudill to design the stainless steel sculptures.

Caudill, an internationally renowned sculptor, creates artworks for public, corporate and private collections.

His larger public works can be found locally at the University of Louisville's School of Music or the Louisville Zoo. But his artwork can also be found as far away as the Bahamas.

Dann Higgins, a volunteer trail worker at the park, commented to how much better the trail looked with the additions. "They're so handsome," he said. The trail looks 100 times better with the new markers, he said.

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