Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridgeline aims to combine our passion for protecting and preserving our habitat with joyful communal art experiences. We believe that shifting our patterns can change our world, imagining together is a first step. Inspired by the stories of endangered local flora, Ridgeline highlights the current fragility of our surroundings. When we bring local communities together as environmental advocates through creative play, we feel the power of optimistic collective action.
To learn more about the umbrella canopy eco-stories and to help support our next event, images are available on ArtStar.
Ridgeline, shaped by ET Projects Foundation, jointly hosted by Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Piedmont Environmental Council, invited community members to learn about the local environmental challenges and to unite in a unique art-centric experience. With participants carrying LED-lit umbrellas showcasing endangered flora, images inspired by original etchings housed at the Oak Spring Garden Library, the gathering becomes a dance of light. From afar, participants transform into nature itself; a field of reseeded flowers blooming, backlit insects pollinating or constellations of stars twinkling against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All occurred in the face of today’s extreme weather patterns: this time, hurricane Ian.
Dreaming together to create a work of art- larger than an individual- transforms. Together participants feel the hopeful power of their community. Ridgeline aims to protect our environment’s infinite beauty and resources which is only possible together. ET Projects uses experiential art as a platform to educate and inspire communities to become one, creating social sculptures focused in nature, the space where we are rejuvenated.
Ridgeline highlights the ephemerality of nature and the inspired collective memory, one which expands when shared with others. The next step is to exhibit the creations of many communities together and publicly: “Shifting our patterns can change worlds.”
VIRGINIA COMMUNITY HOSTS:
Oak Spring Garden Foundation | Peter Crane, President
The Piedmont Environmental Council | Chris Miller, President
Dr. Dena Jennings, Cullen Strawn | Imani Works
Lara Wilson | The Assembly Dance
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
PARTICIPATING STUDENTS & ART TEACHERS:
Fauquier High School
Claude Thompson Elementary
ET PROJECTS TEAM:
Elizabeth Turk | Erik Thienes | Jillian Gabrielli
Chris Stobie | Hugh Kenny
Eric Stoner | Dan Hopkinson
Maddy Wade | Hannah Cantrell | Haven Beches
Evan Senn | Katherine Brown | Enrique del Rivero
Ryan Moore | Jeff Warren
Oak Spring Garden Library
AUDIO VISUAL SUPPORT:
JF Leagualt | The AV Company
UMBRELLA PROP MANUFACTURERS:
Phil Page | ibrolly
Andy Lovell | Freight Minds