Tools of Time

Members of the Prices Fork community are being invited this fall to participate in an interactive series of events designed to capture their families’ contributions to local history and culture. The project will result in a permanent art installation within the old Prices Fork Elementary school building. The school, which was left vacant after the construction of a new school building in 2011, is currently under redevelopment in a project that will create 32 new apartments for seniors and families, as well as a local food center that will include an incubator kitchen, a brewery and a local food restaurant.

The Tools of Time Community Art Project will focus on the labor of the people of Prices Fork over the ages. It will result in a three-dimensional sculpture with a millstone at its center. The millstone will be circled by a series of clay tiles that will hold, in relief, the impression of the tools of labor used by local residents over the ages, representing occupations such as coal mining, stone carving, farming, quilting and food preparation. Following a series of individual interviews, community events, and hands-on workshops, the sculpture will be installed at the old school site where it will provide a lasting tribute to the original families of the area.

Tools of Time Community Art Project in Prices Fork

The project is sponsored by New River Valley Home, though a grant from the Enterprise Foundation. For more information, please contact:

Ellen Stewart:  estewart@blacksburg.gov / 540.443.1613
Andrea Sharpe-Robinson: asharpe@vt.edu / 540.250.2675
Nikki Pynn: nikkipynnstudio@gmail.com / 540.230.3844

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