Smithsonian’s “Green Revolution” Coming To Fontenelle Forest!

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Fontenelle Forest will debut “Green Revolution,” an eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and distributed by the Smithsonian
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) on August 3, 2013 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

The Grand Opening Celebration will begin at 10:00a.m.
SITES is partnering with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to present “Green Revolution,” a fully digital exhibition that gives host organizations the power to build their own “eco-zibit.”

“Green Revolution” engages children and their families by addressing critical issues concerning the future health of our planet.

The exhibit is divided into five sections: “Carbon Footprint,” “Composting & Gardening,” “Energy,” “Hybrid House,” and “Waste Not.”

Fontenelle Forest has been planning, designing, and collecting used materials to repurpose into creative and educational displays that will inspire people of every age to be part of the “Green Revolution!”

The hands-on community project is designed to build awareness of fragile earth and demonstrates solutions to more effectively protect our air, water, soil, and wildlife.

Modules include renewable energy, water usage, food choices, and reducing our waste. Displays give practical tips on how to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”

Visitors to the exhibit will learn the effects of climate change on
ecosystems and will be able to explore learning modules that show what we can do in our daily lives to improve our Earth!

Exclusive to Fontenelle Forest’s version of “Green Revolution” are three elements, an artist-atlarge, an artist-in-residence, and “Recy-CUBE-als”.

Bart Vargas, Green Revolution Artist-at-Large, will work in the community with several youth organizations to create a large scale sculpture made from recycled and repurposed materials over the course of the exhibit. Vargas has exhibited internationally, and his work can be found in many private, public, collegiate, and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The final piece will be unveiled at Fontenelle Forest in October.

Vargas will also be showing one of his “Bottleballs” at FFNC, made from plastic bottles and based on an installation at the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus.

Kirk Vaughn Robinson will serve as Green Revolution Artist-in-Residence at FFNC.

Vaughn Robinson moved to Council Bluffs, IA after completing a 12 year run as a cast member in the national Broadway tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

He began sculpting in 2008, is self-taught, and was the AC Gallery’s- Emerging Artist of 2011 in Omaha, NE. Vaughn Robinson will exhibit his work in progress, “Cernunnos”, made from recycled materials, and have public demonstrations as he finishes the piece.

Along with guest lectures, he will also be creating two exclusive sculptures made from materials collected from visitors to the exhibit that will be unveiled throughout the run “Green Revolution” will run August 3 – October 31, 2013 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
(FFNC).

FFNC is located at 1111 Bellevue Boulevard North, Bellevue, NE 68005. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. (note special extended Exhibit Hours) and Saturday
and Sunday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Admission is $8.00 per person, ages 2 and above.


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