Evan Germann, a Kansas University senior from Pittsburg, works on a sculpture project using fallen deadwood along the Kansas River. A group of artists wants to locate an environmental art project in the wooded area along the Kaw between Burcham and Constant parks, but recent concerns raised by environmental groups, other artists and Pinckney neighborhood residents have put the proposal on hold.
Lawrence resident Linda Clark walks a friend's dog along the dirt trail that connects Burcham and Constant parks along the Kaw. The "Kansas River Expression of Soul Project" would create 250 yards of woodchip trails in the area, and install biodegradable environmental sculptures created with materials found on site.
Marie Thompson is organizing the "Kansas River Expression of Soul Project," which would place environmental artwork by local artists in the wooded area along the river between Burcham and Constant parks. Thompson is pictured by the river just south of Burcham Park.
Baldwin City artist Matt Kirby has proposed using recycled concrete from a local plant to create uniquely shaped objects that would be placed along the riverbank. The blocks would help stabilize the bank and also provide new habitat for a variety of animals.
"Cricket Singing," by Kansas University sculpture professor John Hachmeister, is an example of the type of structure he has proposed installing at the new art park. A similar pyramidal work made from fallen deadwood could double as a refuge for small animals, and eventually would decay and disappear.