Annual Fields Project festival set for June 25-26

Large designs have been known to mysteriously appear for many years in farm fields around the world. These are large designs that can only be readily viewed from the air. On the weekend of June 25-26, some of these will appear—not so mysteriously—in Ogle County south of Oregon on Flagg Center Road east of Lowden Road and west of Daysville Road.

High school students from Ogle County schools in Amboy, Byron, Oregon, Pecatonica, Rochelle, and Stillman Valley met in Oregon on a Saturday in mid-April with their art teachers for a brainstorming and design day. After developing a number of designs, they settled on the giant spider design of Byron High School student Ryan Hartman, and the giant Pac Man design of Byron High School student Nick Stephens.

The original drawings filled an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of drawing paper. Grid lines were drawn on these sheets every half inch–overlaying the design with one-half inch squares.

On Tuesday, May 3, students from each of the participating schools along with their art teachers, met at the fields on Flagg Center Road. Using long tape measurers, the 5-1/2 acre fields were marked off in 30-foot squares. Green flags on stiff wires are used to mark utility lines.

Then, orange-topped flags were located along the sides of each square corresponding to the same square on the design drawing sheets. In early June, the fields will be mowed using the orange flags to guide the mower driver. When the mowing is complete, the design will have been mowed in tall grass and will be clearly visible from the air.

All this is in preparation for Oregon’s Seventh Annual Fields Project Arts Festival.

Fields Project events

17 visiting artists from across the country will spend the week prior to the festival living with the volunteer farm host families in Ogle County and making their own form of artwork using the unique rural setting of Ogle County.

Additional field designs are to be prepared by several of the visiting artists.

Airplane rides will be provided for the public to view the field sculptures. Call 815-734-4171 for reservations.

Nine sculptors will display their work, seven sculptors plan to submit designs in the form of a model, or maquette, in a competition for the $2,000 prize and in-Bronze Foundry’s offer to cast an enlarged form of the winning sculpture in bronze for placement in a public area in Ogle County.

The bronze cast winning sculpture figure from the 2004 competition will be unveiled.

Tours of in-Bronze Foundry and studio will be available.

An art show and sale is schedule for Sunday in Mix Park in Oregon, including work produced by the visiting artists during the week as well as art done by selected area artists.

The Eagle’s Nest Art Collection at the Oregon Public Library will be open for visitors.

There will be live music, food, activities for kids, art tours, a student art show, and more.

More info: or (815) 723-2100.

From the June 22-28, 2005, issue

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