Friday, June 15, 2007

Conserving the Ventura River Trail by Jennifer Sapinoso

“A little elbow grease” was the theme for our group today. We quickly observed that the sculptures on the river trail were in dire need of work. Because Mile Marker #1 is so near the ocean and in direct exposure to elements and years of minimal conservation effort, there were many metal stains, corrosions, graffiti, fading of the letters, and our personal favorite bird guano. However, as evident n our before and after pictures it makes a world of difference it visually showed the most significant change after our conservation efforts. It made being out there in the hot sun scrubbing until our right arm seemed like it had grown several times from such a work out, completely worth it.

Many bicyclists that passed us stopped to chat, one man even thanked us. It seemed that even if a bicyclist didn’t stop or didn’t say anything we caught their attention not one person who passed us did not glance over at us working diligently. I believe that not only are we setting up a much needed conservation program for Ventura’s public art but also we are raising awareness, and a curiosity within the passing locals about public art and hopefully inform them of how conserving the art within their community is a necessity.


Heidi said...

Wow! I am so thrilled to have stumbled across your blog. I am really impressed by the work you guys are doing and I look forward to learning more about art conservation and about our city's public art along with you. I have always known that Ventura is a haven for artists, and I've noticed that we have a lot of public art, but I guess I've never thought about our "public art program" per se, or about what it would take to maintain such art.

I hope more Ventura citizens come to learn about your program and the amazing work you are doing in our community. Thank you for doing the work you do, and keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Heidi! It has really been a pleasure to be apart of perserving the art as well as indirectly helping the city of ventura to be recognized as such a "colorful, art-filled, beach city". We are on the River Trail on Mon, Wed, Fri, if you come across we would be more than happy to chat about art, about the program, about our background ect.

thanks again,
Jennifer Sapinoso