Winds and high tides damage Alaska beach art installation

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Posted: Nov 25, 2015 6:12 PM
Winds and high tides damage Alaska beach art installation

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Winds and high tides have seriously damaged most of an Anchorage public art installation that is focusing on mental health.

The Alaska Dispatch News (http://is.gd/xHH93f) reports that fewer than a dozen statues remained standing Wednesday among 74 that were originally installed on rebar stakes along Point Woronzov.

Lead project artist Sarah Davies said her volunteer team was assembling at the beach Wednesday to assess the damage and determine an action plan.

Participants of the 100Stone project say the statues represent people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness. The figures are modeled from body casts and are made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap.

The installation is scheduled for a Dec. 5 dedication.