Living Wall Installation Opens at Waterfall Arts

Living Wall Installation Opens at Waterfall Arts Friday, May 17th from 5 to 7pm Waterfall Arts and students from RSU3’s Gifted and Talented will hold a public reception and celebration for the completion and installation of their collaborative project – a “living wall” or vertical garden on the outside walls at the arts center in Belfast. Living […]

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Living Wall Installation Opens at Waterfall Arts

Friday, May 17th from 5 to 7pm Waterfall Arts and students from RSU3’s Gifted and Talented will hold a public reception and celebration for the completion and installation of their collaborative project – a “living wall” or vertical garden on the outside walls at the arts center in Belfast.

Living walls, also called vertical gardens or green walls, are arrangements of plants and other organisms that naturally remove toxins and unhealthy contaminants from the air.  Most often found in urban environments, living walls can be complete ecosystems or simpler configurations and installed indoors or on the exterior walls of buildings.

The Living Wall project was funded by a grant from the Davis Foundation with support from RSU 3. Over the course of four months the group, led by Karin Otto and Martha Piscuskas of Waterfall Arts, met for eight working sessions and covered topics ranging from the history of living walls, plant maintenance and care, growing plants in the local tolerance zone, designing with plants, creating landscapes, learning about environmental art and how to plan an exhibition. The living wall exhibit will be growing and changing throughout the summer and visitors are encouraged to return often to see how the installation progresses and the design emerges.
Waterfall Arts is grateful for the support and guidance of RSU 3 and RSU 3 staff Jack Kertesz, Gloria Hewett, and Mary Ramsdall; and volunteers Karin Otto, Nancy Joslen, Rose Piscuskas and Abbie Read. Plants, growing space and horticulture help were generously provided by Stancial Brook Farm and Sandy Willette.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast; the center’s mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts – feel the power of art! For more information on the living wall project, upcoming exhibitions and classes, studio rentals and volunteering, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 207 338 2222.
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