Monday, June 19, 2006
TRAF - June 17 & 18
And so, we say goodbye to the Three Rivers Arts Festival for 2006. It's been a long sixteen days. A lot of paper got folded. A lot of things worked well and some things, well, could have been a little better. (It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.) Above left is the lizard that I had folded, transformed by the children at the festival. Above right is the last large-scale piece that I folded for the festival. This elephant stands about 36" in height and was folded from 9' square paper.
On the last day of the festival, we put up a sign inviting folks to take home flowers from the garden as well as miscellaneous other models that had been installed thoughout the park. The flowers disappeared in a matter of one hour. Some of the other models were taken by people on their way to the concert.
It was interesting to watch the interactions of people with the origami. Generally, you could find a small group having lunch under the tree with the horse. The flower field seemed to draw a lot of attention, with folks bending down to take a closer look, taking picures and sitting in the middle of the flowers. The small flock of waterfowl kept changing position; people would turn them in different directions.
The squirrels as well as some of the other smaller models didn't stick around very long. Actually, a number of flowers went missing every night. I hope they found good homes. The installation of cranes in the walkway probably drew the most attention. Folks would lean on the railings and watch for a few minutes on their way through to the point. An occasional bird would go missing, but the installation stayed intact for the most part.
All in all, it was a really tremendous experience. I met all sorts of interesting people from all sorts of places. At some point, I'll put this together as a portfolio on my website, so stay tuned.