Birdcages for the Red Arroyo Trail
SAN ANGELO, TX — The third giant birdcage on the Red Arroyo Trail in San Angelo was installed today about a quarter of a mile from the trailhead behind Freddie's Frozen Custard Restaurant. More specifically, it greets the visitor to the trail at the trail entrance off Old Post Rd.
Art in Uncommon Places has already installed about 50 pieces or art along the approximate four miles of the trail that traces the natural Red Arroyo drainage area from Sherwood Way to Knickerbocker Road. The actual length of the trail direct is about three miles. With the loops, the trail is 3.6 miles of 12-foot-wide pavement suitable for bicycling, walking, or jogging. With the spurs, the length increases to about four miles.
Watch scenes from the Red Arroyo Trail:
This is the third bird age in a series. Each cage is a patriotic color. There is red, white, and this one is the blue cage. Inside, there is a metal bench shaped like a bird.
“We hoping to plant wildflowers around it, so when you walk up, it will all be in beautiful harmony in color,” said Julie Raymond, director of the non-profit.
SKG Engineering provided the civil engineering and Jesse Hasty, a fabricator from AMA, crafted the pieces. Volunteers poured the concrete slab and installed the cages
Art in Uncommon Places produces art displays in public spaces. Their mission is to enhance the community by providing pieces around which people will gather, or come out, and enjoy living in the community. The pieces along the trail, like the birdcages, provide prominent landmarks. An example of their use is, when you’re walking, you can use them as goals to make it to the next landmark. It beats counting telephone poles like runners are known to do.
Art in Uncommon Places was established 12 years ago. Every project they produce is funded by private donations and grants.
The Archer Foundation funded the birdcages along the Red Arroyo project.
Above: Glow stones are embedded in the dry concrete. The stones charge during the day, and glow at night, creating a cool effect. This is another Art in Uncommon Places contribution. (LIVE! Photo/Joe Hyde)
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