LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the Angelina Arts Alliance brought in Washington D.C.-based collaborative Kevin Reese to create 15 mobiles, they hoped the community would get involved, but they never expected 200 people.
"It's been amazing," said Angelina Arts Alliance Executive Director Tracy Pinkerton. "We've had schools. We've had people from PineCrest, people from the Chamber of Commerce, all of these different people coming together in different combinations."
The community didn't just get involved; they really threw themselves into their artwork.
"It's been pretty intense because we were working with a lot of different groups, but the groups were great, really engaged, really involved, and really interested," Reese said.
"They've been sanding, painting, cutting, designing, and balancing mobiles, and it's been so much fun," Pinkerton said.
The project really got the creative juices flowing.
"Reese wanted abstract things, so he would ask what do you think of when you think of East Texas," Pinkerton said. "Well, trees was one thing we all think of, so he wanted some really abstract trees and Panther paws and hearts. The things they came up with were amazing."
Although the end results were beautiful, the aesthetics weren't Reese's objective for this project.
"The pieces were great, and people enjoyed it, but how I come out satisfied is when I know the journey of the week has been good," Reese said.
The journey was to bring the community together through art, which is exactly what happened.
"Finding those experiences where they think of themselves as a community and that they really worked on that and created something bigger than themselves is what it's all about," Reese said.
The mobiles will be a permanent part of the community and serve as a reminder that Lufkin came together in a creative way.
The mobiles will be on display in 15 different places around Lufkin. The Kurth Foundation funded this project.