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July 7, 2011

Public display of artisans: New Albany Public Art project unveils new displays with walk Saturday

NEW ALBANY — Two years in and two years to go, the New Albany Public Art Project has produced three new installations that will be officially unveiled Saturday as the city counts down to its 200th anniversary.

The project launched in 2010 as a joint venture between the Carnegie Center for Art & History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Zone Association. Five art pieces depicting elements of New Albany’s history were set in public venues last year, and additional installments will be established each year through the city’s bicentennial in 2013.

To showcase the three pieces produced for 2011, as well as the five installments from 2010, an art walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The event will open with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Center, located at 201 E. Spring St., and then participants are urged to visit the installation sites in downtown New Albany from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“They can go at their own schedule, and hopefully stop and have dinner at one of the local restaurants while they’re here,” Carnegie Center Curator Karen Gillenwater said.

At each site, either the artist or a local historian will be on hand to talk about the installation.

New pieces

“Resartus” by artist Dominic Guarnaschelli will be displayed on the lawn of the Carnegie Center. The theme of the installation is Textiles, Wholesale to Retail, and Sandy Duffy and other Southern Indiana Fiber Artists will be at the site to talk about the art work.

At the downtown Farmers’ Market along Market Street, “Nature’s Calligraphy” will be on display. The art work focuses on the city’s history with farmers’ markets.

The installation was produced by artists Janis Martin and Ruth Andrews. Historian Carl Kramer will join various Farmer’s Market vendors to discuss the piece.

Two towers that will transmit broadcasts of historic news events in New Albany will flank Scribner Drive. One will be located near the Floyd County Jail and the other on the side of the News and Tribune New Albany building.

The installation is titled “Time Ghost Tower-Casts,” and is the work of artist Scott Scarboro. Inside of a block area of the towers, people can tune-in to the radio station 88.5 FM and hear audio recordings of broadcasters reading past newspapers that detailed historic evens as well as other archived transmissions.

Historian Beth Nolan will be present at the site Saturday to discuss the exhibit.

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