Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience in Folsom
In October 2014, the City of Folsom proudly opened Phase I of The Johnny Cash Trail — a 1.2-mile segment of Class I bike trail that connects the Folsom Lake Trail by way of a new bike/pedestrian over-crossing, beautifully inspired by the architecture of nearby Folsom Prison.
With the bike trail infrastructure in place, the City of Folsom plans to create a world-class linear public art experience that will celebrate and honor the legendary Johnny Cash, his music, and his history with the City of Folsom.
Along the trail, eight larger-than-life public art pieces will tell the story of Johnny Cash, his connection to Folsom Prison, and his epic musical career. Visitors will have an opportunity to enrich the experience using smartphone apps and audio designed to bring each art piece to life as it incorporates Cash’s music, historical documentary information, and interactive elements.
Johnny Cash Legacy Park
The trail includes plans for a 3-acre park featuring an amphitheater and a 3-dimensional 40-foot landmark sculpture of the Man in Black. Johnny Cash Legacy Park will be located at the corner of East Natoma Street and Folsom Lake Crossing. The park will incorporate interpretive and educational elements about Johnny Cash, his band the Tennessee Three, and the At Folsom Prison album. It will also include a small amphitheater, educational spaces, traditional park amenities, and connection to the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian Over-crossing.
A video for the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience by local producer Lou Douros and his Grass Valley-based North Yuke production company won a 2017 Telly Award. Key partners for the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience are City of Folsom Parks and Recreation, GROW (Auburn, CA), and John Northrup of Santis Creative Group (Asheville, NC). The video is here:
(Photo: Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience)