Join us at Giorgetti Park in Rutland on Thursday August 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a reception celebrating art and stormwater. Rick Rothrock, the artist who designed and carved Oculus, a monumental sundial permanently installed at Giorgetti Park will be on hand to discuss his work. Nanci McGuire from Rutland Natural Conservation District will discuss the new stormwater management system that was built by Giancola Construction at Giorgetti Park during the summer.
Rick Rothrock is a professional sculptor and holds a B.S. in Education, a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, and studied stone carving at Pelicani Blasco Studios in Italy. He has been active in the arts for 40 years, exhibiting internationally and represented in various corporate, public, and private collections. Rick created Oculus during the 2010 Marble Sculpture Symposium at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. The non-profit arts organization donated the sculpture to the City of Rutland.
This project located at the Giorgetti Park, a Rutland City Recreational Facility, is designed to mitigate stormwater runoff which has resulted in water quality impacts directly to the East Creek, which is on the state’s list of priority waters due to stormwater. This project scored as high priority in the East Creek Stormwater Master Plan for retrofit given the high potential for stormwater reduction.
The RNRCD coordinated with Watershed Consulting Associates to develop a final design for a large-scale bioretention system that will manage runoff from the parking lot as well as a portion of Preville Avenue. The bioretention system will retain, infiltrate, and filter runoff that presently flows through a highly eroded ditch directly to East Creek. Not only will the project be highly functional for improving water quality, it will also be an attractive community asset that will beautify the area and be a showpiece for green infrastructure.
RUTLAND RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT