Willow installation project gets underway

NORWICH – The public is invited to come and be a part of a community living willow installation in Guernsey Park, Norwich, this spring. The public is encouraged to participate in the design as well as the construction of the living structure.

Informational and planning meetings are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2 in the Community Room at Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St. in Norwich.

Bonnie Gale is the artist who will lead this project. She is a willow artist living in Norwich and is the recipient of an Individual Artist grant to fund this project. This funding is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Chenango County Council of the Arts. Her work is focused on spatial definition and containment and she has made her art and taught for the past 25 years. In the last five yexars, her work has moved from making baskets and other vessels to using large living rods that are planted in the ground and woven into structures that grow and become green. Structures have included living fences, domes, arbors, arches, sculpture and large-scale thematic installations. She has completed 10 installations to date, most in community and school settings. Local structures include the Lodge at the Rogers Center in Sherburne, the Arches on the grounds of Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices in Norwich and the Dome at the Susquehanna School in Binghamton. Her work can be viewed on the web site, www.bonniegale.com.

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