Past Art: 1997 Spoleto sculpture refurbished

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It's a case of art recycled twice at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Washington artist Martha Jackson Jarvis uses recycled materials such as oyster shells in her sculptures. She created one called "Rice, Rattlesnakes and Rainwater" for Spoleto almost two decades ago.

The sculpture sat in the courtyard of a small Charleston church for years until being refurbished and moved this week to the headquarters of the Spoleto Festival USA. Jarvis says bringing the sculpture back to life and in a new location is a chance to recycle the entire project.

When Jarvis created the sculpture in 1997 other Spoleto artists put up temporary installations such twisted saplings across oak trees and bronze sculptures on a walkway overlooking the harbor.

This year's Spoleto Festival opens on May 23.

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