Oz Art NWA has wrapped up installing six pieces of public art at Osage Park, which quietly opened in May, off of Southwest 16th Street in Bentonville.
How it happened: Oz Art is working to create a dynamic public art scene, curator Chad Alligood told Axios. Alligood wanted to choose pieces from a diverse group of artists and images “that activate something in the viewer,” he says.
- Osage Park is a collaboration between Oz, the city of Bentonville and the Peel Compton Foundation. Public art was always part of the plan, Alligood says.
Details: Each work of art is related to one of three themes.
- Nature: Tall Grass by Asia Ward and Garden Boats by Jennifer Torres
- Aviation: Launch Intention by Griffin Loop and Flight by Bob Doster
- Osage Park’s evolution from an unused wetland: Déjá Vu by Chakaia Booker and Fluttering Quilts by Greely Myatt
What they’re saying: "I wanted to make something that made me feel like I was a wetland creature looking up through the water at the tall grass," Ward says of her sculpture.
1 weekend thing: A free event to celebrate the new park, A Day at Osage Park, will take place 10am – 4pm on Saturday. Expect live music, art walks, wetland tours and food trucks.
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