Tarp Lake is an acres large installation of used blue tarps,creating a false lakebed that audiences can both wade into and contemplate.
Tarp Lake is an acres large installation of used blue tarps,creating a false lakebed that audiences can both wade into and contemplate. Read more
About this project
Tarp Lake will be a massive art installation creating an artificial lake landscape with acres of used tarps. The lake will provide a surreal experience for audiences who wade into the lakebed, rest under the rolling blue tarps, and listen to audio interviews from the comfort of beach chairs. The lake will also have an interesting arial presence. People in airplanes above or looking at overhead satellite images of the land surrounding our lake will see, at first glance, something akin to an actual body of water. The project will not only provide a unique experience for audiences, but will address the relationship between built and natural landscapes on several different levels.
We've been working on this project for almost a year and have enough tarps collected to make Tarp Lake the lake of our dreams. We have tarps that have been used as temporary patches for leaky homes, tarps that were used winnowing wheat, tarps that have been collected from roadsides and strangers. We also have a line-up of venues to present the lake in late summer, including Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, AL, COOP Gallery in Nashville, TN, and an artist's lecture at ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque, NM.
As you can see, we're on our way to creating a solid public artwork. We're footing most of our own bill, but need funds for equipment, supplies, the creation of our book, and most importantly, to haul the lake from site to site. The more support we receive, the more places we'll be able to bring Tarp Lake. In return for your support, you'll receive our eternal gratitude, a bevy of great rewards, and the knowledge that you brought great public art to America's heartland.
For more information on Tarp Lake, Check out our project website here.
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