While your enjoying the Lyons Art Walk weekend (Friday through Sunday, June 7, 8, and 9), consider strolling along the river to the Black Bear Hole pedestrian bridge, and take in the work at the Clarifier Project, Lyons’ community mosaic masterpiece.
Project organizers Cathy Rivers and Priscilla Cohan will have extended work hours (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Sunday, June 9, to accommodate all of the visitors who want to enjoy the art walk. They invite everyone to come by and participate with some volunteer time in this amazing community art project, or just stop by and say “hi,” and check out the progress.
According to Rivers and Cohan, this season (from now until it gets too cold to grout) the volunteers’ will be “reaching for the sky,” as they focus their energies on the “sky” portion of the giant mosaic. The tiles are being applied on the outer circular wall of the clarifier from the old water treatment plant on the bank on the river along the footpath. There are four trees positioned at the cardinal points of the compass (north, south, east, and west), and each tree represents a different season, with appropriate foliage. Around the top collar of the clarifier are the twelve signs of the zodiac, and on opposite sides from each other are the sun and moon.
Workdays throughout the summer are Wednesday afternoons, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Sunday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon (unless otherwise announced). Volunteers have included school kids, to members of the Golden Gang, businesses, and private citizens. “No artistic experience or talent needed!” Just a desire to get involved with this incredible community art project. Church groups, book clubs, ball teams, knitting groups, coffee klatches, birthday parties, scout troops (boy and/or girl), and civic groups are all invited to get “get their hands dirty and enjoy themselves doing it.”
You can follow the progress of the project by visiting their website, www.clarifierproject.net, and also let them know if you are bringing a big group, so they can be ready. Rivers and Cohan greatly appreciate all the community support, and look forward to another highly productive and fun year.