UWSP invites public to help with art install at Treehaven

Metro Wire Staff

The public is invited to help create a permanent mosaic art installation at UWSP’s Treehaven field station Friday through Sunday, August 3-5.

A 30-foot stone and glass mosaic labyrinth is being created by UW-Stevens Point senior Meghan Wagner, who received $5,000 to create the piece through the 2018 Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Committee Public Art Symposium.

People of all ages will be able to help lay stones each day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants may also bring blank T-shirts on which the labyrinth design will be screen printed.

A free public opening reception will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Treehaven. Wagner will give a presentation on her project, which will be open for viewing.

An arts management and studio art major, Wagner describes the work as a stone mosaic with fused glass pieces as focal points in the center rosette. The six petals of the rosette represent the six realms of creation. As visitors enter and go clockwise, they cross the kingdoms of mineral, plant, animal, human, angelic and the unknown.

“This labyrinth has been a unique opportunity for me as an artist but is also a unique experience I can provide to the community.” Wagner said, “I ask people to come walk the labyrinth with openness to experience the quiet and reflective space.”

Wagner, of Appleton, interned at the Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, last summer and last fall she curated an exhibit at UW-Stevens Point’s Carlsten Gallery for the 2018 Duck Stamp Competition. This fall she will serve her full-time externship at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY before graduating in December.

Operated by the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, Treehaven serves more than 25,000 people each year through courses, seminars, workshops, school and youth programs and business gatherings.

Treehaven is located at W2540 Pickerel Creek Rd., southeast of Tomahawk. To learn about Treehaven’s events and public programs, go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/treehaven.