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The Midlands have been adorned with site specific artwork, created from natural materials found along the Palmetto Trail. The installations will be a part of the trail throughout the summer, and will be removed when they begin to return to the natural surroundings once again through natural decay. Click on the map above to see images of the installations. Take a walk along the Palmetto Trail in the Capital City and Peak to Prosperity regions to see the installations for yourself.
Selected artists for the Midlands Installations:
Jen Pepper – Jen is a professor at Cazenovia College in New York with extensive experience creating installation artwork internationally. Constructed from natural plant materials found in the area, woven bird's nests and spider webs and brightly colored crocheted patterns over rock forms serve as the sculptural interception of her creative process and the sites.
Brian Rust – Brian is a professor of art at Augusta State University, and has been creating temporary and long term natural material installations for the past 20 years. Brian created a series of three sculptures entitled "Resting Nests." The sculptures take the form of large bird nests using available natural and scrap materials from the trail system along with some hardware attachments. Materials include invasive species branches and brush, scrap lumber, and stones from the site.
Roy Paschal -- Roy is a professional artist from Columbia, SC. He created three enormous geese frozen in flight over the Columbia canal in Riverfront Park. Using bamboo, river reeds and invasive vine material as the structure, the imagery is completed through the reflection of these enormous sculptures in the water.
The next site for the Art on the Trail will be the Upstate region of South Carolina. The call for artists is coming soon. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be informed when the call for artists is released.
Jen Pepper (view Jen Pepper's website)
Roy Paschal (view Roy Paschal's website)
Peak To Prosperity:
Brian Rust (view Brian Rust's website)
Jen Pepper (view Jen Pepper's website)
Fall 2012: Upstate Installations
Spring 2013: Low Country Installations
Summer 2013: Art on the Trail Closing in the Midlands
Submit Your Proposal
What species can be easily grown in this area that would help the ecosystem?
There is a native bamboo within the Peak area that can be planted elsewhere. Wild strawberry, blackberry, muskadine and alfalfa are also native plants that work well with the ecosystem. Any other plants that are not invasive but are native to SC can be used for projects that involve planting.
Can other parts of the trail be used for these projects?
Yes. The only part of this region that cannot be used is the area in Peak (between the first location and the second location). The locations on the map show the types of terrain within the Peak to Prosperity region; artists are welcome to plan projects for other areas within this section of the trail.
Will there be a guide for people who want to come out and take a look at the pieces?
The call for artists will become an evolving interactive map of the art projects, from planning, to unveiling, to degradation. A printed map of the trail and installations will also be available on the opening for the installations, May 26.
Join us for the opening event for Art on the Trail, to be held on the Peak-to-Prosperity Passage of the Palmetto Trail by the beautiful trestle bridge crossing the Broad River at the Alston Trailhead. The event will include guided tours led by the artists, showcasing art installations along the trail, along with a buffet-style supper, cocktails and live music.
Members: $15 per person/ $25 per couple
Non-members: $25 per person/ $45 per couple
Art On The Trail Website by Kirill Simin