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Aspiring artists have opportunity to create temporary sculptures along Portneuf River

April 15, 2016

POCATELLO—Laura Ahola-Young of Idaho State University and Hannah Sanger of the City of Pocatello are encouraging ISU students and community members to take part in creating temporary art sculptures along the Portneuf River.

The idea for temporary sculptures along the river was inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy and are to be made of natural materials in order to honor both Earth Day and the Portneuf River Vision Study. This event is free to attend and everyone is invited.

“I am working on having at least 10 to 15 sculptures created, ideas from teams so far are exciting. Everyone has the potential to create art and I hope that community members will join us in creating and viewing the creativity.”

The sculptures will be displayed from April 22, the day they are installed, to May 1 between Centennial Park and Raymond Park.

“My goal with this project is to bring the community to the river and have a community art event,” Ahola-Young said.

Groups contributing to the event from ISU include student clubs such as the Fine Arts Club. Other contributors include Pocatello High School and community artist teams.

On April 23, Basia Irland, internationally recognized eco-artist, will lead The River Gathering Walk starting at 10 a.m. It will start at the Pocatello Community Charter School Park, 995 S. Arthur Street, and end at Raymond Park. A shuttle will bring guests back.

The walk is 2 miles long. Appropriate clothing and footwear is encouraged for the event. Guests are encouraged to share their stories about the Portneuf River with Irland. The River Gathering Walk will provide guests with an opportunity to connect with the Portneuf River, see what the river once was and connect community artists by displaying temporary sculptures. Irland will be blogging about the Portneuf River for National Geographic.

Anyone interested in creating a sculpture for the event or for more information can contact Ahola-Young at ahollaur@isu.edu.