Artists, Students and Groups Invited to Submit Sculptures for
7th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park in February
Friends of Ballard Park will host the 7th Annual Illuminated Garden on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three acre quarry meadow. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads in Newport. Close to 1,000 people attended last year’s tour.
Local artists, teachers with student groups, scouts and community organizations are invited to create sculptures or displays for the event. The event is an evening tour so all displays should light up in some manner — solar powered lights, battery operated, electric lights, etc. Power sources will be provided if requested but each displays must have needed power cords and be ready to be plugged in. Installation will take place on Thursday 2/23 and Friday 2/24. Installation must be completed by 5:00 pm on Friday 2/24. The event will conclude on Saturday 2/25 at 9 pm. Artwork is to be removed from Ballard Park by 6pm on Monday, February 27 by the artist or group who installed it.
Last year children from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, students from St. Michael’s Country Day School and several artists (including two from RISD) produced exhibits for the event which ranged from sculptures made of twigs powered by solar lights to a large metal sculpture illuminated with electric lights.
The event, held on two evenings during school vacation week, is free and open to the public. It provides a fun, family-oriented activity for those who might not be able to leave town and also helps to deter negative park activities.
The deadline to submit entries for consideration in this year’s event is Tuesday, February 1, 2012. Those people interested in participating may download a “Call for Entries” form at www.ballardpark.org or call 619.3377 for more information.