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Jamestown Anvil Picnic Table Project

April 25, 2018
Artists, engineers, designers, chefs, elementary school students and teachers do not often work together. But Martha Russo, art instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has found a way to get all sorts of people involved in a public art project centered on building a picnic table.


Last fall, CU Boulder offered a class called “Art: Aesthetics to Engineering” that combined student artists, engineers and environmental designers to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. As a part of the class, students Graham Thompson, Laura Smith, Julie Stauffer and Natalie Bognanno worked with Michael Beitz, an assistant professor in the art and art history department, to build a picnic table shaped like an anvil for Jamestown, a small mountain town 10 miles northwest of Boulder. More