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'Go Green with a Splash Party' Weekend at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12


This special weekend features an information fair and water-wise demonstrations, art activities, music and a Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre performance! Part of the 2009 Waterosity theme, this special weekend brings together additional resources and events surrounding the theme of water usage and water-wise practices. Here are just some of the special highlights:

The renowned In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will present Are You Thirsty?" (11 a.m. & 1 p.m. July 11 & 12).

Performances will be free with Arboretum admission.

Volunteers will be on hand to help showcase the various exhibits

The information fair will include several area industry and non-profit groups that are involved in water use and management.

While at the Arboretum, don’t miss all the great art displays dispersed throughout the grounds. The over a dozen special art displays celebrating Waterosity will be in place through early October. Artists far and wide submitted ideas this past year for consideration and a subset were selected for implementation. Here are just a couple highlights!


‘Simple Lines’

Designer: Mike Helbing, artist, Chicago, IL

Derived from the natural elegance of an unfolding fiddlehead, veins of a leaf or trees in winter, this fountain describes the peacefulness of the Arboretum woods. It reflects an attitude of working with and accepting nature while bending it to our benefit and needs. This sculpture works as an aerator to provide oxygen to the water in the pond. Its form provides aesthetic joy, and, as a tree stripped bare of leave, it also has beauty when the water is off.


‘Global Spydrology’

Designers: Sean Jergens, Landscape Architect, ASLA, RLA; Sandra Rolph, Landscape Designer, ASLA, LOOD AP; Jenny Salita, Landscape Designer / Urban Planner, ASLA, Minneapolis, MN

Discover the ‘water stories’ of people from 12 countries, from tiny Malta to the U.S.A. Each steel column grouping shows the average daily freshwater use by one citizen of that country in a single day. Agricultural irrigation dominates freshwater use, as highlighted by the spiral planting of wheat. Consider water as a vital, valuable, shared global resource.

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