About this Project
"Everything the eye can see," a poetic definition for landscape, defines the territory for this five-year project by artists and students from Kentucky, California, Japan, and other parts of the world.
Standing at the largest intersection in town the eye can see the landscape of this tiny town as it crosses and re-crosses the Russell Fork River. Along this line of sight artists conceived of a circular trail that would unite the two populated areas into a "center' of town, one that featured both natural resources and the region's history in a series of public art projects.
Beneath Land and Water, by Suzanne Lacy (LINK), Susan Steinman (LINK) and Yutaka Kobayashi (LINK) focuses on townspeople's personal experience of their land--as a site of heritage and as a generator of regional wealth--and their river-- as an indicator of ecological health and as a moving force that connects them, upstream and down, with the rest of the country. Conceived and sponsored by the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, the art reflects a need for collective stewardship of the land and water and a dream of an ecologically sound tourist economy.
The project has been a unifying force in the recent life of the City, bringing new resources and uniting residents in a common cause. The public artwork includes, beside the Blue Line Trail, a riverfront park with a native plant garden, bird sanctuary and sculptural seating benches, community murals, signage, an oral history project, and a tourist brochure.