Expanding the Karl Stirner Arts Trail


Photo by Zovko Photographic LLC for The Lafayette

Mike Handzo ‘11, a city planner for the City of Easton, walks along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail near the 13th Street entrance. [Photo courtesy of Douglas Kilpatrick, Communications Division]

Artists wanted for new sculptures

The Karl Stirner Arts Trail currently has two art pieces and three sculptures. The Bushkill Creek Corridor Council for the Arts is looking for artists to add more works to this 2.4 mile path.

Last October, Lafayette College hosted an auction which raised over $40,000 to go towards the expansion of the trail. Jim Toia, the Chairman of the Arts Trail, wants to add more works to this 2.4 miles arts trail so it would “attract people all over country as well as all over the world” to visit. The goal “in the long run is that this arts trail that can double as green museum,” Toia said.

The Bushkill Creek Corridor Council for the Arts is currently seeking proposals from artists of all ages for sculptures for installation in the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. Other than being able to withstand outdoor conditions, there are no restrictions on the designs. Toia wants “an infinite amount of possibilities for arts trail.”

The artist whose proposal receives the most popular votes will receive $4,000 to bring their idea to life.

By including sculptures from local artists in the expansion, it “gives an opportunity to have a visual conversion with the arts trail and Easton”, Toia says, which “gives a relationship of the environment to the area”.