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RI art woven across river in early textile city
RI sculptor weaves fiber installation across river in birthplace of Industrial Revolution
By The Associated Press

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) ' The Rhode Island city that was home to the nation's first successful textile mill is showcasing its fibers once again in an unusual art project.

Pawtucket sculptor Donald Gerola (jeh-ROH'-luh) has stretched thousands of feet of synthetic fabric cords across the Blackstone River in a suspended display of color that is equal parts art and engineering.

The "Weaving the Blackstone" installation, at Slater Mill, draws on the city's history as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and its modern-day incarnation as an artists' colony. Gerola says this is the first time a river has been woven in the U.S.

Irving Sheldon, president of the Old Slater Mill Association, said the art installation creates a "pretty magical effect" above the water.

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