Artists: Christopher Carl & Evan Blondell
Title: Allmans Boneyard & Saline
Year created: 2011
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Materials: canoes, found shopping carts, other found materials, ceramics.
What is the piece’s impact? The project transformed an abandoned car garage into an exhibition and multimedia garden installation. In addition to other materials found on site, the project made use of some of more than 50 shopping carts pulled out of the banks of the Saline creek which runs through Urbana, Illinois. The project also ultimately lead to the creation of Urbana Land Arts “a studio that we hope to establish that will focus on blending environmental and cultural remediation with public art.” (source)
How does this project relate to this change as art? The project highlighted the marginalization of natural creeks in East central Illinois. Also lead to the clean-up of a lot of abandoned materials. “The project began by canoe with the simple question “what’s out there”. The vast majority of creeks in East Central Illinois have been transformed into utilitarian ditches.The Allmans expeditions discovered that these ditches are fascinating built environments that form a vibrant, yet marginalized, expression of nature.” (source)
What makes this an artistic project? Initiated by two artists and partly funded by the Urbana Arts Council
Notes: It appears that the project was at least partially funding using Kickstarter. You can see a bit of the back story on the project, in a video posted at the Kickstarter page.
Many thanks to Meredith Foster who referred this project to us here.