SHERIDAN, WY (June 15, 2018) Carsten Meier is known for his art work in the natural world. He also teaches at Utah State University and is an artist in residence at Jentel this summer. Today, he is installing a circular willow exhibit across the street from Sheridan College on the City of Sheridan Pathway, just past the first wooden bridge. The installation, called Zirkel, is the only one in Wyoming, and just one of two in the county. Over the next several years, Meier will be building one in all 50 states.
Zirkel is 46 feet in diameter, made of cut, crossed willow branches that will eventually fuse and create a solid, circular sanctuary for animals. The willows are built in a cross-hatch pattern and will take root this summer, beginning their journey to becoming one willow trunk. Meier estimates this growth process will take five years. Meier will return annually to prune the willows and record its growth and impact on the area.
“This natural sculpture is beautiful, but also symbolic of how we think about and treat land,” said Meier. “If left untouched, the willows will fuse into a circular sanctuary within a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife along the pathway.”
About Whitney Center for the Arts
Whitney Center for the Arts is home to live performances, art exhibitions and Sheridan College Schools of Music and Art. As one of the most advanced arts education centers in the west, it features programs in music, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and digital media. The WCA opened in 2016, providing students and arts patrons across the Northern Rockies with a state-of-the-art space for fine and performing arts programs, and shows and performances by artists from around the world. The 54,000 square-foot facility features a 422-seat concert hall, the largest in the region, including a changeable proscenium stage, motorized fly system and hydraulically convertible orchestra pit. Two gallery spaces showcase work by students, faculty and traveling shows throughout the year.
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