Fort Larned Hosting Duct Tape Art Exhibit

Close up image of wolf's head.
One of the many amazing pieces of duct tape artwork on display at Fort Larned


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News Release Date: July 18, 2016

Contact: Ellen Jones, 620-285-6911

Fort Larned NHS Currently Hosting Duct Tape Art Exhibit

It's hard to believe such beautiful "paintings" could be made of duct tape. The art pieces look like oil on canvas, but when the viewer realizes the art medium is duct tape, people take a second look and marvel at the artistry.

Artist Chad Farnes has created art pieces featuring landscapes for the exhibit "A Tribute to our National Parks" using the 59 National Parks as inspiration to create his duct tape masterpieces. This traveling exhibit of twenty art pieces will be on display at Fort Larned National Historic Site in the visitor center from now through July 28, 2016. The exhibit features Carlsbad Caverns NP, Theodore Roosevelt NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Hot Springs NP, and others.

The artists' work is a collection of landscapes created with various forms of tape and is not the typical gray glossy duct tape that comes to mind. The works are vibrant with fanciful colors, where the trees and mountains are illuminated, taking the viewer on a dreamlike journey, drawing us into the scenes. The tape itself is torn and cut into intricate mosaics, layered many times over and ultimately coated in a thick clear varnish. The end result is a masterpiece.

Artist Chad Farnes was raised in California before moving to Utah for college. He originally stumbled across tape art when a roommate used painter's tape to decorate a wall. Chad began creating his own wall creations and eventually expanded into using other types of tape, such as masking tape and duct tape on different surfaces, such as canvas. Chad has exhibited at several locations around the country, such as Utah Country Art Gallery and in Brooklyn, NY at the Crest Hardware Art Show. For more information about Chad's work, visit his website at

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences.Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.Open from8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information onvisiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.There is no admission fee.

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Last updated: July 18, 2016

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