Splish! Splash! Another rain drop hit my dash as I was driving to Cincinnati last week. On Thursday, April 18th I drove to the Cincinnati Zoo to check out the newest exhibit at the Go Green Garden – the Rain Barrel Exhibit and Auction. This day was the culmination of three months of planning, painting, and hard work and was an exciting day for all involved.
[see the Rain Barrel Event at the Cincinnnati Zoo]:
[see picture of the Rain Barrel at the Beginning]:
At the end of January our huge rain barrel was dropped off on our doorstep and we started work right away. Cue sanding, priming, priming, and painting the barrel white 3 or 4 times… Then our barrel was finally ready to receive our sketch. This was the hard part – taking a map from the side of a tractor trailer, shrinking it to 2X3 feet, and attempting to sketch & trace it onto a 3D 60-gallon drum. After several days and nights of sketching and erasing, darkening lines and redrawing buildings so they weren't falling over… we were pretty satisfied with our sketch – I would say it turned out pretty fantastic for a couple of mechanical engineers and a biology major!
[see pictures: the sketching process & the finished sketch on the barrel]:
[see picture of finished barrel]:
[see picture of steward handprints]:
[see picture of me on stage with the Rain Barrel; see picture of the other Rain Barrels up for auction]:
I had such a wonderful time working on this project this semester. I was actually cooping this semester in Troy so I wasn't on campus that much but this project was the perfect way for me to be still very involved with the River Stewards. I also really enjoyed how much fun painting the barrel was. I haven’t ever painted on such a large scale before and I would say it turned out very well! This project also really highlighted the “interdisciplinary” nature of the Rivers Institute and I hope I can be involved in similar projects like this in the future!
Can’t wait to go kayaking this summer – who knows, maybe I’ll be painting a kayak next!