January 02, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Artistic Trash Barrel contest to beautify park

The Friends of the Garden and The Springfield-Greene County Park Board invite area artists to take part in the Artistic Trash Barrel park beautification contest at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.

Nominations are accepted now through Jan. 15 for proposals and sketches designed to wrap around a 55-gallon plastic drum, sized 70" circumference x 35" tall. Fifteen winning designs will be selected later this month, for artists to recreate on trash barrels around the park.

"The goal is to communicate the importance of plants through art — plants we eat, plants which attract birds, bees and butterflies or plants which simply the beautify the landscape," said Katie Steinhoff, coordinator of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, located in the park. "While designs are not limited to themes, consideration will be given to those designs that best incorporate a sense of place, including specific locations in the park: Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Dr. Roston Native Butterfly House, Gray-Campbell Farmstead, the Rose Garden and more."

Winning artists will be provided a new barrel, primary base sealer, basic colors in acrylic paints and a final clear coat sealer, and will have until March 16 to complete their design on the barrel. The artistic trash barrels will be unveiled Saturday, April 5, at the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 E. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

Download the contest rules and details (pdf).

For more information, contact: Katie Steinhoff, coordinator of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, at 417-891-1515 or ksteinhoff@springfieldmo.gov.