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'Art Project' part of Okoboji Winter Games festivities

Saturday, January 14, 2012

People of all ages are invited to 'be part of art' and form the shape of a giant frog during the Winter Games Peoples Art Environmental Art Project on Jan. 28. The 2012 image is designed by Arnolds Park artist Deidre Rosenboom. Spencer photographer Judy Hemphill will immortalize the experience by taking an aerial photograph.
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The public is invited to be 'part of the art' with the fifth annual Peoples Environmental Art Project. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, during the Okoboji Winter Games.

This year's image will be a frog designed by artist Deidre Rosenboom of Arnold's Park.

"I really want people to come together and have a 'ribbiting' experience," Rosenboom joked.

Co-sponsored by ArtsLIVE and the Friends of Lakeside Lab, the Peoples Environmental Art Project is held each year on the ice on Little Miller's Bay at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory during Okoboji Winter Games. The goal of the project is to bring people together to create a giant, ephemeral art project around an environmental theme.

"By using people as a medium for art, we do not pollute the lake and leave nothing behind but our footprints," Rosenboom said. Participants gather at Lakeside Lab where they are lead down to the lake to where the design will be laid out ahead of time by Beck Engineering. Once everyone is in place, Spencer photographer Judy Hemphill takes a picture from above from inside a plane.

"It sounds easy, but it really takes allot of planning and coordination," Hemphill said.

Because the most challenging aspect of the project is predicting how many people will participate, persons interested in being 'part of the art' are asked to sign up by Jan. 27, by calling Lakeside Lab at 712-337-3669, Ext. 4.

The day of the event, participants should arrive at 11 a.m. at Peace Corner, located on the corner of Highways 9 and 86, where a shuttle bus will take them to Lakeside. Once everyone has arrived, people will be guided down to the lake for the picture taking.

Participants should dress for cold weather, wear blues, greens and browns, and be prepared to walk 100 yards up and down a steep hill to reach the site. People of all ages are welcome, but dogs should stay at home.

For more information, contact Jane Shuttleworth at 712-337-3669 Ext. 7 or peopleart2012@gmail.org.

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