Catherine Evans, Unexpectedly Seen but Not Overlooked

23 Apr

Striking and thought-provoking art is often found in the least expected places. Today, I happened across an exhibit in the lobby of a building in Cambridge. To be fair, there is always art in the space, but it wasn’t until today that I realized the lobby is known as the University Place Gallery.

“Gathering” features four artists whose work “celebrates the beauty of the overlooked and discarded.”  I was particular struck by a sculpture created by Catherine Evans. The piece is a rainbow built of piles and piles of lanyards.

 I couldn’t help but giggle–think of all the mothers and fathers who would wish they’d had this idea after a summer of camp and lanyards galore.

And I was enthralled by the simple, striking beauty of the installation.  It celebrates everything that Earth Day and Earth Week are meant to help us consider–protecting our earth by reducing trash, making the world more beautiful by recycling trash into art, the glory of a rainbow suddenly, unexpectedly seen.

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