VILLAGES ORB PROJECT

Did you locate an Orb?
Register your Orbs HERE!

The hunt will begin June 1, 2022! This project will continue indefinitely and will only end when all the Orbs have been located. 

50 Villages Orbs will be hidden along trails throughout the Villages of Van Buren County, Iowa. You may find them while hiking in outdoor locations around the county such as beautiful Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, or one of our many serene trails maintained by Van Buren County Conservation. Orbs will always be placed within a few feet along the trails. They will never be on private property. Please be respectful and leave property undisturbed.

Click here for Van Buren County Trail Maps.

What is a Village Orb? 
These are hand-blown clear glass orbs roughly the size of an orange. They will each be signed, dated, and numbered. If you are lucky enough to find an Orb we ask that you register it by clicking the link above. There will also be two special colored Orbs hidden as well!

Who can locate a Village Orb?
Anyone!!!

We do ask that you only keep ONE per explorer, please.
Don't Forget...please register your Orb!

Get out, explore the outdoors and the beautiful trails in the Villages of Van Buren, and you just might find an extra special surprise! Just one more thing...if you happen to find a second Orb, PLEASE leave it where it is for the next person to discover!
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tim Blair

Tim was born and raised in Van Buren County. He has been wandering the trails here all his life. Eleven years ago, he took his first class with Jim Topic, a glass artist in Nauvoo, IL, and instantly became smitten by molten glass. Soon after, he started gathering equipment and remodeling an existing building at his home at Bloom and Bark Farm, located just outside of Keosauqua on Route J40, where he and his wife, Kim, reside with a menagerie of animals.

Tim, a primarily self-taught artist, is constantly learning and growing as an artist during his travels. His studio changes along with him. It was initially a one-room space but has grown into a Local Artisan Market along with an open-air studio allowing him to work year-round in a shaded woodland setting. Tim provides demonstrations and offers classes in basic glass blowing, ornament making, and more. No experience is necessary, just a desire to cross over to the "molten side". 

Tim had the pleasure of taking a class from Eban Horton in Rhode Island years ago. He then visited Block Island where Horton had initiated the Block Island Float Project. This sounded like something that would be exciting to try along the trails of Van Buren County. Tim developed the design and had a stamp made for the Villages Orb Project. As procrastination and pandemic occurred it was put on the back burner until this year. June 1, 2022 will begin the search for orbs in the beautiful Villages of Van Buren County!

 

We Appreciate our Villages Orb Project Collaborators!
Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing
Villages of Van Buren
Villages Folk School
Healthy Villages
Healthy Iowa Initiative
Van Buren County Conservation
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

 

Want to see what Orbs have been found already?