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TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2019 INSTALLATION

Donald Gialanella was selected from 42 talented artists who submitted artistic concepts for We Are Overflowing 2019. His installation Dumpster Diving showcased ingenuity and imagination to convey the message “as a country we are overflowing with trash and recyclables."

Gialanella is an internationally known artist with a prolific and wide-ranging career, and numerous public sculpture commissions to his credit. You can learn more about him and see his artwork at DonSculpture.com.

My art repurposes artifacts that are things people bought and eventually discarded, according to the vagaries of personal status and cultural values. The artwork comments on our curious relationship to the life-cycle of utilitarian objects. Seen as a mass of shapes formed into a single sculptural entity that explores temporality, disposability, and questions the viability of a material based culture.
~ Donald Gialanella

Donald_Gialanella with one of his abandoned objects sculptures

WHAT CAN AN ARTIST DO WITH A PILE OF "TRASH"? COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

WHAT CAN AN ARTIST DO WITH A PILE OF "TRASH"? COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

WHAT? A high-impact sculpture — made from re-purposed, discarded and cast-off materials — that sends an important message: “As a country we are overflowing with trash and recyclables.”

WHY? You'll be inspired to re-think what you throw away. Is it really "trash"? Or could it be recycled, or maybe even repurposed? (Art can inspire creative solutions!)

WHO? Lee County Solid Waste had a vision: To use the power of art to show how important it is to conserve our limited natural resources ... and to inspire re-use and upcycling. ArtFest Fort Myers is honored to have been asked to create and install We Are Overflowing for the inspiration of our community. (Learn about the artist below.)

WHERE? ArtFest Fort Myers, Edwards Dr. in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. (Here's a handy map.)

WHEN? "We Are Overflowing" will be on display throughout the ArtFest Fort Myers 2020 art festival weekend. Admission is free.

  • Opening Night is Friday, January 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • The festival continues Saturday & Sunday, February 1 & 2, 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: RECYCLED-ART SCULPTURES BY STUDENT ARTISTS FROM LEE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Students from eight Lee County middle schools, coordinated by their art teachers, were invited to be a part of We Are Overflowing.

Students will create a sculpture from repurposed, discarded and cast-off materials for display at ArtFest Fort Myers – January 31-February 2, 2020. Participating art teachers will also receive classroom materials on the importance of recycling.

Awards will be given to all participating schools, with funds going to the classroom that created the sculptures.

  • Best of Show - $250
  • Best Art to Convey the Message of RETHINK WASTE - $150
  • Best Creative Use of Materials - $150
  • People’s Choice - $150
  • Participation Award - $50 to other schools to recognize their involvement

The middle school exhibit is presented by a special Environmental Grant from LCEC.

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WE ARE OVERFLOWING IS PRESENTED BY

Covanta works with companies and communities to find sustainable solutions to their waste management challenges. With a global network of Energy-from-Waste and Material Processing Facilities, Covanta is preserving valuable natural resources and generating clean energy for our client communities and the world we live in.

At Covanta, we ensure that no waste is ever wasted.

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Hosted by ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida's Premier Art Festival

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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2020!

Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2, 2020
10 am - 5 pm
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Opening Night: Friday, January 31 • 6 - 9 pm

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com

We're delighted to have helped Babcock Ranch launch the inaugural Babcock Ranch Art Show with artists of the quality you enjoy every year at ArtFest Fort Myers. We encourage artists to apply for the Babcock Ranch Art Show and everyone to enjoy other Babcock Ranch events.