Four-Foot Origami-Like Bats Planned For Fontenelle Forest

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Upcycled bats made of repurposed aluminum window screen and living green moss will be on display outside of Fontenelle Forest Nature Center beginning Labor Day.

The larger-than-life sculptures will be made by Artist-in-residence Kirk Vaughn-Robinson using an origami-like technique to create an abstract interpretation of a colony of bats.

Mounted under the boardwalk overlooking the amphitheater, these four-foot tall bats will be seen by visitors as they enter and exit the nature center.

Along with a guest lecture, “Being Creative about Being Creative,” on September 21 and several public demonstrations, Vaughn-Robinson will also be creating two other sculptures in October based on characters from a book he authored for the forest. All sculptures will be made from recycled materials.

Vaughn-Robinson is a self-taught sculptor and artist. With a degree in Vocal Performance, he has performed with regional opera companies in the Midwest as well as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera.

He also traveled the US and Canada as a cast member in the national Broadway tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Vaughn-Robinson has sung roles with Opera Omaha, The Rose Theater, and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

“Green Revolution” runs now through October 31, 2013 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, located at 1111 Bellevue Boulevard North, Bellevue, NE.

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. All Fontenelle Forest properties are open on Labor Day. Admission, which includes the exhibit, is $8.00 per person, ages 2 and above.

This version of “Green Revolution” is based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

The typical recipe for traveling a museum exhibition is to pack objects into crates, load them onto trucks, and then have those trucks travel the highways to museums across the country. “Green Revolution,” however, is an innovative museum exhibit with virtually no carbon footprint.

Participating venues receive all of the necessary design files and instructions digitally, allowing them to construct their very own home grown "eco-zibit" from re-used, recycled materials found within their local community.

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