A couple of creative minds with active bodies this past weekend created a small-scale dinghy that was about 16 feet from bow to stern and about 10 feet wide, made from driftwood, sticks, logs and entire trees along a spot where these materials gather on the bank along the River Trail.
Fellow Friend of the James River Park member, Molly Dellinger-Wray, snapped a photo and spoke with the artists, Ken Huston and R.L. Croft who are from Northern Virginia. Croft’s website declares that he is prone to creating impromptu, temporary site projects with natural found materials. Among many locations listed, he claims to have created several at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The artwork is something like that of British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who likes to take found objects in a landscape and rearrange them into natural and environmental works of art.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a weekend dedicated to natural and environmental works of art in the James River Park System? There is an abundance of materials that could be repurposed and left on display for as long as they could last. Belle Isle or even Brown’s Island would be a perfect place to display the work. We’re used to people arranging and stacking smooth river rocks in the park, but maybe a driftwood contest would be a safer, fun and more appropriate event.