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'Barn Waves' Goodbye On McIntire Road

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

September 22, 2006

Out with the old, and in with the new. The city lost a piece of artwork while making way for another one.

You have seen them around town. Pieces of art that are part of "Art In Place." Some people may call them odd, and some may call them cool. Some even like it.

"I've enjoyed it for years. It's been very special," said Kitty Stroud of Charlottesville.

One of those special pieces of work is the 'Barn Wave' which is only one year old. It may be the newest work installed across town, but it is time for it to come down.
Several people from Charlottesville gathered to watch, including the founder of "Art In Place."

"We loved this piece. Watching it weather, watching it shape, and watching it from different places, so I'll miss it terribly, "Art In Place" Founder Elizabeth Breeden.

Six days of hard work to build all were gone in a matter of seconds.

"Oh, it was very sad to see it lean over. I've enjoyed it for a year," added Stroud.

Those watching the 'Barn Wave' hit the ground were able to have a little fun, too. They took pictures lying underneath the rubble.

The people there to see it fall were happy to get up close with the sculpture. The man who designed the 'Barn Wave' was happy as well.

"It went easier than expected. I was concerned you know with, if it decided it did not want to come down today," said 'Barn Wave' Builder Chris Fennel

The next stop for the 'Barn Wave' will be in New Jersey. The creator of "Art In Place" already has plans for the next piece of work for Charlottesville.

It will be installed at Meade Park.


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