Update on the Project (early September):
Construction for this functional art installation is well underway! Gary has been finalizing designs, forming the table tops with rebar, and pouring cement into the forms. We still anticipate a fall schedule to bring these beautiful tables to their site at the new refuge headquarters.
Thank you to all who have contributed! We are still seeking funding as we move forward; your donation will go to support these educational art pieces.
The Convergence Project is a functional art installation of four original tables designed in a Borromean Ring formation – three rings that cannot be separated without harm to the whole. They are created by Gary Carpenter, a Washington state artist who designed the dragonfly table at the Art Trail on the former Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.
Three tables surrounding a fourth, smaller one will be installed at the new headquarters to celebrate three refuge environments which converge at Willapa Bay – coastal old growth forests, coastal beaches, and the estuary. This project will be a beautiful way to introduce, inspire, and teach visitors and students about Willapa Bay’s intersecting environments.
From the Artist: “The title of this project, Convergence, refers to both the intersection of these three environments, as well as to this site as a place where people will converge, share ideas and meals, and learn about these amazing ecosystems and the flora and fauna that dwell within them.”
The Friends are fundraising to support the Convergence Project; please join us and scroll down to make a donation! These tables will be one-of-a-kind pieces — part art, part science, and part infrastructure. They are made of terrazzo, a beautiful and durable material that incorporates multiple colors to represent the tones of each of the environments and many wildlife species. School groups and visitors will be able to enjoy the tables to orient and learn about the unique convergence of the three habitats and abundant wildlife of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.
The project will be created and installed fall of 2021 and the Friends of Willapa NWR have already pledged to fund half of the approximate $15,000 cost of the project. We are seeking to raise the remaining 50% through donations by late fall.
The other art projects at Willapa NWR — the Art Trail and dragonfly table — have inspired us because of their integration of art into environmental learning. This is not only appealing, but a beautiful alternative and effective approach to inspiring people to interact with and learn about the natural environment. The power of these art projects will inspire children and other visitors to be stewards of special places like Willapa NWR.
Please contribute to this inspiring and functional project.
Shearwater $50 to $99
Belted Kingfisher $100 to $249
Northern Flicker $250 to $499
Cinnamon Teal $500 to $749
Snowy Plover $750 and over
All donors will receive an invitation to a reception to view the Convergence Project. All donors contributing $100 or more will receive an invitation for a special showing with the artist.
Any questions? Please contact us at info[at]friendsofwillaparefuge.org
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