Saturday, May 8th 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
As a partnership between artist and scientist, Playhouse Arts coordinated the collaboration of many minds to create art installations in the Creamery District highlighting the unique ecosystem of the Jolly Giant Creek. Two new public art projects, a permanent sculpture installation and a mural project are available to check out in the Creamery. Both projects were made possible through partnerships with the State, City and community.
Over the past year, James Hildebrandt designed and created two 14′ stainless steel sculptures. Working with the City of Arcata, the sculptures will be installed along the L Street Bike Path at 8th and 9th Streets in the Creamery District. These two massive sculptures feature the beloved creek fish.
While James built two massive sculptures the Playhouse Education team partnered with local youth to create a mural featuring the diverse wildlife in Jolly Giant Creek. Sarah McKinney, Mackenzie Ridgwood and Haley Davis worked with students from Fieldbrook Elementary, and Redwood Coast Montessori to create a 4’x72′ mural that will grace the fence along the L Street Bike Path in the Creamery District. Each student completed a 2×2′ section of the mural from their home through Zoom in the Fall of 2020. Through this partnership seventy students created a mural installation that depicts the plant and animal life that inhabit the Jolly Giant Creek.
On May 8th, students from the project are invited to join the Creamery celebration to culminate this two year project. Local band Bandemonium will mark the beginning of the unveiling with music at 11:45 AM, then there will be brief speeches from project participants, more music by Bandemonium and free popcorn to enjoy while guests, and pedestrians join in the merriment of the new colorful artwork added to the Creamery District.