steel umbrella by margaret jacobs and justin o'rourke
public art piece located on the mascoma river greenway in lebanon, nh
The AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon Recreation and Parks and the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition partnered to commission two public art pieces for long-term display along Lebanon’s new Rail Trail. Submitting artists were encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, recreational activities, or railroad activities, and to incorporate salvaged railroad spikes. click here to read the full press release.
This piece follows in the tradition of honoring everyday objects. An umbrella alludes to the idea that the Mascoma River Greenway is a recreational opportunity that the public can use year-round, rain or shine. It is natural to relate umbrellas to rain and water, which brings up the discussion of climate change, environmental protection, and human impact on both.
The crook is constructed from railroad spikes collected from the trail and yellow polka dots accent the canopy of the umbrella. As well as complementing the color of the steel, the dots give a nod to the rare spotted turtle, an imperiled NH species found in the vicinity of the Rail Trail in 2013.
We hope this piece is a fun and enjoyable landmark for everyone using the Mascoma River Greenway!