Rio de Reuse
permanent store installation by Bryant Holsenbeck
opening reception on Friday, September 21, 6-9pm
… with a fish-making station for guests to add to our school of fish
… and a public parade down the river at 7:30!
This month’s Third Friday festivities will celebrate more than the
opening of another fabulous art exhibit in our Green Gallery. Friday
also marks the official opening of “Rio de Reuse“, a permanent,
in-store art installation created by environmental artist Bryant
Holsenbeck. Holsenbeck’s work is internationally recognized and she
has created reuse installations throughout the US on college campuses and other public places.
Holsenbeck recently completed an artist-in-residence program at The Scrap Exchange, where she designed colorful installations throughout the retail space using scrap materials found within the store.
Volunteers and store staff worked closely alongside the artist
throughout the process. Installations include wispy walls of
rainbow-colored streamers; bobbing bird mobiles suspended from the ceiling; and the main attraction, “Rio de Reuse”! Rio de Reuse is a virtual river that runs through the entire store, complete with fish, tunnels, canyons, and grottoes. Schools of swimming fish provide a whimsical riverbed path on the concrete foor, leading the explorer through the system of tunnels that cut directly through the retail store aisles.
Rio de Reuse symbolizes the core mission of The Scrap Exchange,
diverting materials from a solid waste stream that pollutes and chokes the environment, and transforming the materials into a virtual river teeming with creative expression through reuse. Each tunnel is constructed with materials found right within the store, prompting discussion about how materials can be used in a wide variety of applications beyond their original purpose.
Rio de Reuse begins at the front of the retail store, and leads children and visitors though every aisle of reclaimed materials before ending at the Make and Take Room, a place where visitors can participate in an Open Studio experience creating art from barrels of salvaged materials available in the room.
Exploring Rio de Reuse is free and available anytime during retail store hours! The Open Studio program in the Make and Take Room costs only $5 per participant for 90 minutes of artmaking, all materials included! The Make and Take Room is also available for birthday parties and many other group functions. Call Jessica Moore at 919-213-1278 to find out more about our Make and Take room and Open Studio programming!