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by Cathy Kightlinger, Sky Blue Window, @ckightlinger | Dec 12, 2013

The following excerpt is from a feature article, written by Cathy Kightlinger of Sky Blue Window.  Sky Blue Window is a weekly online publication focused on the arts in central Indiana...and beyond.

A miniature American West, filled with doll-size buildings crafted from tree bark, tobacco-leaf tepees and even a teensy stagecoach fashioned from a gourd, awaits visitors at the Eiteljorg Museum's holiday model railroad display, Jingle Rails.

Along 1,200 feet of track installed on platforms in what is normally the museum's banquet hall, seven trains travel from a tiny twinkling replica of downtown Indianapolis at Christmastime westward to wee versions of California's Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way, they pass a miniature Eiteljorg, made of cork bark cut into blocks with a 3/8-inch bandsaw blade, over willow-twig bridges and through tunnels made of hollowed logs.

MIKE POTTER
  • photo by Mike Potter

Created to offer visitors a fantasy western vacation, the museum display will have been viewed by almost 200,000 people throughout its four-year existence when this year's incarnation closes Jan. 19.

"We have children and parents and grandparents coming in huge numbers," says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO.

By the time spectators arrive to see Jingle Rails, though, the small crew of artists who pieced the show together will be back in their Alexandria, Kentucky, workshop. Doubtlessly they'll be taking a well-deserved breather.

Most of the time, the employees of Applied Imagination are as busy as Santa's proverbial elves.

Woodworking tools in hand and drawers stuffed full of botanical materials--nuts, berries, rocks, bark and the like--about 10 artists assembled the Eiteljorg's locomotive layout in the Applied Imagination's workshop, near Cincinnati. The largest part of the display was built there four years ago, but additions include a tiny Indiana State Fair last year and this year an Aspen, Colorado, ski scene.

Click here to read more.

Reporter Cathy Kightlinger and Botanical Architect Cindy Johnson. 
Reporter Cathy Kightlinger with Applied Imagination botanical architect, Cindy Johnson.

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