The Steel Yard was proud to be a key member of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts Festival earlier this summer. After year-long involvement in planning and community engagement, The Steel Yard just installed 20 sculptural planters along the Woonasquatucket River!
We mounted the planters on stumps of invasive trees that the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council cut down. The planters hold native plant species that attract pollinators.
Rose Shack in North Kingstown advised us in the selection of all the native species, such as Butterfly Milkweed, Spotted Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot, Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint, and Virginia Mountain Mint to name a few.
Next time you walk or bike by, take a peek over the guard rails on Kinsley Ave between Sims and Acorn, and look for these brightly colored pieces of functional public art! Special thanks to the City of Providence’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, WRWC, and all the other partners of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts. The planters will be installed until the end of October.
Check out more photos of the planters here.