Interactive Art Installation by sculptor Jesse Walp
Open Daily (Dawn-Dusk), free to the public
Located in the picnic grove in between the Lower Information Center and the Artpark Gallery.
Artpark invites all art and nature lovers, families, and dreamers to the newest park addition now open! Artpark and local artist Jesse Walp teamed up to present "Emerald Grove," a whimsical interactive art installation geared towards children and nature lovers. The installation consists of many different elements designed to represent topographic features and history of the Artpark grounds. Interactive elements include bridges, windmills, sculptural seating, an earth mound, a sundial, and large pod-like huts which stand at 15ft tall. The installation is located in the picnic grove next to Scott Burton's "A Picnic Table and Four Benches" (1983) concrete installation in between the Lower Park Information Center and the Artpark Gallery.
Jesse Walp said about the vision for his creation, "In siting this project, I became enamored with the landscape at Artpark. The beautiful hills, gullies, cliffs, and river left me with a sense of awe that I would like to share with the park's visitors. Therefore, my goal for this installation is to encourage awareness of the landscape as well as the natural elements involved in forming it, and at the same time to create a place that invites wonder and exploration."
Artpark Director of Visual Arts and Family Programs Tanis Winslow said, "We were so happy to have a working artist in the park, bringing Artpark back to its roots as a place for visual artists to create in a natural setting. Jesse and his team are did an amzing job and we can't wait for people to come check out the complete installation."
Artpark and Jesse Walp would like to thank A-1 Land Care and International Stone Gallery, and Dena Armstrong (Artpark Board of Directors) for their generous support of this project.
All are welcome to visit Emerald Grove during park hours (Dawn-Dusk), admission is free. Parking fees may apply if there is an Artpark event/concert taking place.