Jacobson Park will be the home to a new exhibit in October from LexArts that promotes education about one of natures most important resources; groundwater.
The Livestream project is part of a LexArts EcoART grant program, which started in 2009 as a way to "educate the public about environmental issues through art," said Nathan Zamarron, community arts manager for LexArts.
LexArts commissioned six artists to "produce environmentally based art" that leads to the development several new art projects, one of which is the Livestream project.
The artists, Kiersten Nash, Ben Sollee, Sean Montgomery, Bland Hoke, Zach Kaiser and Dan Marwit are working on developing a "sculptural installation within the landscape" that will consist of 20 pipes that will create wave-like structure coming out of the ground.
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The installation will be broken into four clusters representing the different geographical regions of Kentucky, and will use data collected by monitoring stations set up around natural springs throughout Kentucky, including McConnell Springs Park and Mammoth Cave National Park.
The stations will transmit data collected to Kentucky Geological Survey's Groundwater Data Repository and will measure pH levels, conductivity, temperature, water levels, discharge and turbidity. The Livestream project will then translate this data using sonification equipment into a musical number written by Sollee and other local artists.
Zamarron called the upcoming project a "sound and sculptural interactive installation that will permanently be installed in Jacobson Park."
Zamarron said the installation would be focused completely on environmental "education and drawing attention to one of the most important environmental resource we have: groundwater."
According to Livestream's website, nearly 2 million Kentuckians — almost half of the state's more than 4 million people — rely on groundwater every day.
Zamarron said LexArts hopes to have the installation completed by the third week of October to celebrate what the University of Kentucky has dubbed "Water Week."
"This week highlights all kinds of water related issues and activities," Zamarron said. "The artwork dedication will be a major event during that schedule."