Watershed Wall Unveiling

Watershed Wall Unveiling

The public is invited to the unveiling of Watershed Wall, a public art collaboration between the Ithaca City School District art teachers, students and the City of Ithaca. The unveiling will take place in a ceremony on June 4, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Green Street Garage Alley. This clay mural will be permanently on display on the back wall of the Green Street Garage along the pedestrian walkway that leads to The Commons. A Gallery Night reception follows the unveiling.

Watershed Wall was created by Ithaca City School District students based on a collaborative design by their art teachers. The project was coordinated by the Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of IPEI (Ithaca Public Education Initiative), and assembled with assistance by artist Annemarie Zwack.

The large fifty-five foot mural is an organic rendering of Ithaca’s creeks feeding Cayuga Lake. Using clay tiles stained in earth tones to represent the land and local lake stones to represent the water, the mural materials themselves echo the natural beauty of the area.

The project represents community collaboration by the Ithaca City School District, City of Ithaca and the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) and lead volunteer Candace Shoemaker with support from the City of Ithaca Department of Public Works and Public Art Commission, Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the Service League, Tompkins Trust Company, Tim Merrick Construction, Finger Lakes Fabricating, All Stone and Tile, Cayuga Lumber, Cayuga Floating Classroom and the Strebel Community Enrichment Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) supports all the arts for all the kids. FABG strives to foster appreciation for the arts, advocate for the arts, and improve learning opportunities for all. FABG is an affiliate of IPEI, a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that develops supportive community and private sector relationships with the Ithaca City School District. For more information, visit www.ipei.org or www.fabgithaca.org . For more information on Gallery Night, visit www.gallerynightithaca.com.