Tennessee Tech University students will have the chance to work with environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck to create a large-scale art installation.
During the week of March 23-27, students and Holsenbeck will create a waterfall of 3,000 plastic bottles in the lobby of the Roaden University Center.
Holsenbeck’s work uses detritus, such as plastic bags, straws and bottles, to create large-scale installations that document the waste stream of society.
“Americans continue to create more garbage, per capita, than any other culture, yet we are blind to our waste,” said Holsenbeck. “I collect many things: bottle caps, credit cards, plastic bags, straws and lids. We are used to using stuff once and then throwing it away. We may throw it away, but my work raises awareness of its continual impact.”
During her time at TTU, Holsenbeck will provide a demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. and speak at the Appalachian Center for Craft at 4:30 p.m. March 25.
Holsenbeck began her career as a basket maker. More recently, her focus has shifted to large-scale environmental installations that she builds with help from others. She has received two North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also an independent studio artist who makes books and sculptures out of recycled materials.
The Roaden University Center is at 1000 N. Dixie Ave. The Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Center for Craft.
Both events are sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, which is made possible by the university’s general education fund. They are free and open to the public.