Block Island Times

Land Trust mulls public art installation

After getting the go-ahead from the Recreation Board, it was the Block Island Land Trust’s turn to take up the art installation project proposed for the tennis court fence at Ball O’Brien Park. The Land Trust has jurisdiction over what happens at the park, although the Historic District Commission and Town Council will also need to weigh in.
“They have lots of hoops to go through,” said Trustee Keith Lang.
The request came in the form of correspondence from resident Sue Black, who wrote that the project would be a collaboration between the eighth grade Roots and Wings program and fiber artist Naomi Lawrence. Roots and Wings is a two-part program that has been conducted for many years on Block Island. The first part is a retreat for the kids in a “secret place” on the island, where they explore their roots. Later the students visit New York City – a first-time trip for many of them, where they explore their wings.
The installation at Ball O’Brien will utilize yarn, but a quick perusal of the internet reveals that this project is not your normal yarn bombing. Lawrence, who hails

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