Windswept sculpture to celebrate water's ways

June 18, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

by MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer


Environmental artist

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A grove of black walnut trees will become the stage later this summer for a 250-foot long, kite-like sculpture depicting a string of tributaries feeding a large river that ends in a waterfall.

The artwork will be the creation of Cindy Snodgrass, 45, an environmental sculptor from Pittsburgh. She was hired by the committee running this year's Old Home Week celebration, which runs Aug. 2 to 8, to decorate the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center on the Greencastle-Antrim School District grounds, according to Charles White, director of the center.

The Old Home Week Committee, the Greencastle Arts Council and the Environmental Education Advisory Committee are trying to raise $2,000, which will be matched by a Pittsburgh philanthropist, to pay for Snodgrass' work here.


In 1995, when the last Old Home Week celebration was held, Snodgrass created a sand painting measuring 16 feet in diameter around the 350-year-old chinquapin oak tree at the center.

This year her theme will be the spring that feeds the stream passing through Tayamentasachta.

"It will be a visual display of how water works, of how the little parts come together. I try to collaborate with nature in all my work," Snodgrass said.

She finds raw materials like old parachutes and cargo netting in military surplus stores.

More than half of her works are wind sculptures. The rest are done in wood, clay ceramics and computer graphics.

She calls herself a facilitator because she encourages others, especially children, to contribute to her artwork, much like they did on the sand painting three years ago.

Most of the wind sculpture will be made at her home. She will start hanging it Aug. 1, she said.

Her sculptures are not permanent like those done in marble or bronze. Her works have appeared nationally in festivals, ground-breaking and building dedication ceremonies, and parades. They have also been used in promotions and as educational exhibits in schools.

Snodgrass is an artist-in-residence for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has a master's degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at several colleges.

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