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Master drum maker Rich Spirit of Cincinnati, Ohio along with Wacoans Isabel Torres and Sandi Horton are assembling local drummers to provide a ceremony honoring the finale of the Stickworks sculpture located in Cameron Park’s Pecan Bottoms beginning at 5 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Cultural Arts of Waco President Doreen Ravenscroft is sharing a few words about the process and significance of the event. Marc Mormino is organizing A Cappella singers from Stonhenj to present a few selections before the ceremony concludes at 6 pm. The event is open to the public.
The impressive ‘Stickworks’ structure was completed last October by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty assisted by dozens of local volunteers using willow saplings found in the Waco wetlands. The project was funded by the Waco Cultural Arts Fest and a matching grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Unfortunately, the severely hot weather in Waco this summer followed by a recent wind and rain storm has destroyed the integrity of the art work. Tens of thousands of Central Texans and tourists have enjoyed this amazing art work during its year long life. The temporary sculpture was planned to be disassembled when the natural materials naturally decomposed. The damaged structure will be removed this week.
After the ceremony concludes at 6 pm, community members are invited to join the drum circle. Rich Spirit will provide handmade Ashiko drums for all who wish to participate. Drumming experience is not necessary to attend the free drum circle/workshop.