Visitors to this year’s annual Art in the Park Fine Art Festival on August 19 & 20 in Elkader are in for a BIG surprise! Three local artists have built a specially modified trebuchet, the French word for catapult. It's been built with one specific goal in mind: making some seriously big and fun abstract art!
Art in the Park has made a tradition of creating interactive art opportunities for people of all ages during this regional fine art festival. The addition of the trebuchet this year allows attendees the opportunity to contribute to a community art project.
“The idea is that people visiting the festival can participate in an art project in a fun and innovative way,” says artist and creator, Leslie Gibbons. Gibbons, her husband, Andy, and Jack Palas modified the medieval weapon to launch paint balls. “People can load their own pre-prepped paint balls in the trebuchet buck, pull back and let the paint rip!” Gibbons says with a laugh. A giant canvas will receive the high velocity paints. “A community of people will help create a canvas that will feel sort of like a Jackson Pollock piece when it’s done. I think people will have fun!”
Event attendees can contribute to the art piece during launch times from 10:00-11:00 am and 2:00-3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday during the festival. Volunteers will be available to help participants load paint and safely operate the trebuchet.
In addition to the trebuchet, Art in the Park will feature more than 50 talented artists with a diverse array of fine art work, including metal sculptures, pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, wood carvings, and more. Attendees can also enjoy local food vendors, wine samples, live music, artist demonstrations, art installations, and free kid’s art activities throughout the weekend.
Art in the Park Fine Art Festival, an event of Main Street Elkader, occurs annually every third weekend in August and is held in Founders’ Park in Elkader, Iowa. For more information, visit them online.