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National Seashore to Host Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School Outdoor Art Installation at Fort Hill

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Date: June 5, 2014
Contact: Bill Burke, Park Historian, 508-255-3421

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George E. Price, Jr. has announced the installation of an innovative outdoor sculpture exhibit at Fort Hill in Eastham. Over the past year, students from the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich carved small figures from wood removed by national seashore crews during the recent restoration of the open fields of Fort Hill. The students were inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape to create organic and naturalistic forms, both abstract and representative, of the animal and plant life of Cape Cod. A public gathering to honor the students' work and the project will be held at the exhibit site at Fort Hill in Eastham on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 2:30 pm. All are welcome and there is no charge for the event. Parking is limited, and carpooling is encouraged.

The exhibit, "Honoring the Natural Habitat at the Fort Hill Historical Landscape Restoration," is a collaborative arts project led by an enthusiastic team including Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School art teacher Deb Greenwood, dance-artist-educator Rebecca Burrill, and woods artist and historian Dick Noyes. The finished pieces are installed in a wooded area just south of the Skiff Hill/Indian Rock area of the Fort Hill site. They will remain on display for one year. The project has been documented for local television and will be broadcast at a later date. It was funded in part by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, Cape Cod Five Foundation, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

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Typha latifolia (common cattail)

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