functional art that fitS right into rome, NY's sculpture park
Griffiss International Sculpture Garden and Nature Trail Custom Topographic and Glow-in-the-Dark Trash Receptacles
Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York is a 3,500 acre former U.S. Air Force Base now home to 76 businesses and approximately 5,600 employees. The Griffiss International Sculpture Garden and Nature Trail on the grounds (one of the largest in NY State) greets visitors with 22 large scale, diverse sculptures, of which 98% can be seen from the road.
A five mile nature trail was paved in Spring 2016 for use by bikers, walkers, runners, strollers (and yes, those playing Pokemon Go!). The trail meanders throughout the expanse, inching strategically close to many of the sculptures to encourage interaction. As benches were added (also crafted locally by Joel Grimaldi at Metal Logix) and seating areas developed, trash cans became a practical necessity.
Mohawk Valley EDGE (who oversees the Park’s development) was familiar with us through The Community Foundation and thought we’d be a perfect fit for the project. A small group from EDGE proposed a topographical map of the area and sent chief artist Cathy Marsh a preliminary GIS map. Cathy walked the grounds to get a true feel for elevations and intricacies and drew it out. Cathy shares that every project is a learning experience for her, an aspect of making the cans that she truly loves.
The results of an annual Park employee survey done by EDGE reveals that those who have used the trail and have seen the cans are very impressed with them. Their addition is the result of thoughtful planning and along with them being functional by avoiding litter along the path, they add creativity and intrigue to the space and fit right in with the sculptures that surround them. The one panel on each that is an interpretation of the “Chimney” sculpture on the grounds is even crafted with glow-in-the-dark mosaics that add a nice effect at night.