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Fayette Co.: Sculpture being installed at Loudoun House

Matt Burke's sculpture Nexus: Toward New Land Art is being installed outside Loudoun House.
Matt Burke's sculpture Nexus: Toward New Land Art is being installed outside Loudoun House.

The circular drive leading to the front doors of the Lexington Art League's Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Drive, is undergoing a dramatic transformation — one that's 60 feet long, 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

Nexus: Toward New Land Art, a sculpture conceived by Kansas-based artist Matt Burke, is being installed through Thursday. And LAL invites the community to help assemble the structure.

"The installation of Nexus: Toward New Land Art is a continuation of LAL's commitment to bring thought-provoking visual art to our community," said Becky Alley, LAL's director of exhibitions and programs.

Burke designed the sculpture, which will be wheelchair accessible, based on photographs and satellite images of the Loudoun House grounds and refined the plan after a visit in late spring.

"Working on a particular site is the foundation to my approach when undertaking an outdoor project," Burke said. "Every aspect of the site is taken into consideration, including the population; the shape and contour of the geography; the environment, including flora and fauna; and even the solar and celestial behavior throughout the year."

In developing the design of the sculpture, which will remain at the Loudoun House through June, Burke drew inspiration from a tree limb.

"The tree limb form refers to nature as well as the source of material used for the project," said Burke. "After visiting the site and seeing the giant old bur oak that gives LAL @ Loudoun so much distinction, the tree limb came to refer to Kentucky's human and environmental history as well."

Nexus: Toward New Land Art will be composed of a series of hoops mounted to a plank pathway. Hoops will be woven together by a lathe skin to create the final form, a method similar to basket weaving.

Visitors will be able to interact with the sculpture from outside and inside. The hollow center is slated to have multiple points of entry to encourage visitors to create their own adventures, and the sculpture will change as it is exposed to the elements and as the environment cycles around it.

Comments will be collected, and a journal will be created to document the insects and animals that use the sculpture as a habitat.

To volunteer for the installation, which started Tuesday and will continue 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, call (859) 254-7024. For information about the Lexington Art League go to Lexingtonartleague.org.

Projects by 24 Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Three Lexington Girl Scouts are among 24 from Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council who have earned the Gold Award recognition.

Gold Award projects, which require a minimum of 65 service hours, demonstrate the Scout's ability to develop a plan to meet a need in her community, connect with the people and resources, and take action to make a difference.

The award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, symbolizing accomplishments in leadership, community service, career planning and character development.

The Scouts' efforts have brought aid to homeless families, financially struggling day cares, animal shelters and entire communities in Central, Eastern and Northern Kentucky.

In addition to the Girl Scout Gold Award, recipients also receive the President's Student Service Award; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Award; the Military Order of the World Wars; certificates of recognition from U.S. armed services and the National Park Service; and letters of commendation from the White House, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the secretaries of Defense and Health and Human Services. Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible for scholarships and military commissions.

The 2010 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and their hometowns are Meghan Banks, Prestonsburg; Megan Bell, Cold Spring; Chandria Bennett, London; Jenna Cavanaugh, Cold Spring; Amber Daniels, Hagerhill; Autumn Daniels, Hagerhill; Rachael Durbin, Somerset; Natasha Foley, Eubank; Kristen Griffieth, Cold Spring; Virginia Haupt, Cold Spring; Emily Hurtt, Cold Spring; Kayla Johnson, Russell; Amanda Kinnett, Cold Spring; Heidi Maynard, Lexington; Julia Mead, Lexington; Demetria Michael, Cold Spring; Whitney Peters, Paris; Emily Rayens, Lexington; Tiffany Reynolds, Crab Orchard; Gabrielle Riffe, Alexandria; Taylor Singleton, London; Kelseigh Stevens, Paris; Jennifer Welch, Chesapeake, Ohio; and Sarah West, Wilder.

Alzheimer Association center needs volunteers

The Alzheimer's Association Best Friends Day Center needs volunteers. The day program is designed to provide people diagnosed with memory loss and dementia a safe, fun environment and offer family members respite from the often 24-hour care-giving role.

Volunteers provide friendship to participants during staff-led activities, reminiscing and singing. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Center is at Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street.

For information contact Bobby Potts at (859) 266-5283, Ext. 1307, or robert.potts@alz.org.

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