Artwork Statement

MWMO’s – One River’s Trash is the Same River’s Treasure
Not to be a broken record – BUT:

Title : Mississippi River Pearl   2022
Dimensions :  4’ W X 5’ W x 7’ T
Media: Mixed Media
An Art to Change the World Collaboration: Project Manager Barbara Bridges,  Frances Bates, Amada Marquez Simula, Greg Volker, Margo Ashmore, Annie Merrell, Neil Granlund, Katherine Boyce, Alexis Schramel, Kelly Frankenberg

The creation of Pearl was funded by a Mississippi Water Management Organization Stewardship Fund Program grant.  This project led 10 people to meet, collect trash along the Mississippi and participate in an immersive curriculum unit which was collaboratively developed by Barbara and the participants themselves -including a scientist, journalist, mayor, teachers and artists!

All participants created this elegant artwork using the found river debris and other hand constructed and found objects. With one of the goals being to educate people about the plastics we find on our waterways, they re-purposed objects with a history to create a new narrative. Paper was made by Alexis from the debris collected. The quilted seat was commissioned from ACW quiltmaker, Lucy Schroepfer out of fabric found along the river. John Olson, from River Keepers, helped us forage on the west side of the river in his electric pontoon. The project participants met 8 times in September and October.

Join us at Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 5541 on November 11 from 5:00-8:00

Open all 21 drawers! Take a memento and a research card or 2.  Sit on the throne, meditate and take your photo. Post on FB and Instagram or TikTok. Send us that photo! Leave us your impressions in the survey drawer earn a chance to win an ACW t-shirt.

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