See one of our recent TRASHformations in action and hear what our participants have to say about it.
We’re so pleased to announce that the unveiling of our long-awaited TRASHformation sculpture at Nightingale Middle School went off without a hitch last Friday. Our participants helped dismantle the sculpture and carry it across campus to its new home in the lunch area. This location makes a perfect nesting ground for our bird since it is made mainly of lunch-related materials (like food trays and chip bags), it serves as an eye-catching reminder for the student body to recycle those items after they eat. Also, the area is covered–our bird prefers to stay dry in a rainstorm! TRASHformation participants were awarded RuckusRoots t-shirts, and presented to the rest of the student body and administration about how and why we built the sculpture once it was safely in place. We have more pictures and video coming soon! We are so proud of our Nightingale TRASHformers for all the hard work they put in on creating this piece, and for the lessons they learned along the way. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who participated and who helped make this project possible.
It’s been an exciting week for our TRASHformation program at Nightingale Middle School. Along with collaborating artist Robin Banks, the RuckusRoots team erected the body, or “skeleton” of our Nighthawk sculpture. We visited the lab on Wednesday to assess the trash with Robin and Jennifer Cunnigham, the D3 Lab coordinator, and made a rough sketch of how we would construct the bird and just how big it would be. Since the kids worked so hard and collected so much valuable and usable materials, everyone agreed the bigger the better!
We used recycled steel bike rims to form the torso and found scrap metal to make the outline of the wings, legs and feet. We welded it all together while adding structural stability, ensuring the sculpture is safe to display on campus.
We then delivered the frame to the D3 Lab in three pieces, setting it up so that we can begin adding to it with Nightingale students over the next few weeks.
Thanks to the Academia Avance High School senior interns who worked with Robin to weld together our Nighthawk and also transport it to the lab. We always appreciate a helping hand.
The kids were quite excited to see part of the structure come together today! We looking forward to next week when more hands will be needed and the kids’ creative ideas will finally come to life. Stay tuned!
Today was our final day at Nightingale Middle School before the holiday break. This week the students continued working on their drafts of the Nighthawk sculpture we will build when we return to school in the new year. Several groups of students completed great drawings; we’ll vote for the best one in January, and then begin building our piece based on the winning selection. We can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for this TRASHformation project! Check out a full gallery of the project to date below, and read past blogs to get caught up on what we’ve been up to.
The research phase of our program continued today at the D3Lab as the students went through the data collected from the interviews conducted last week. The TRASHformers received a lot great input, from students and staff alike. Going through the interview answers, the kids agreed that most of the students were excited about the idea of a Nighthawk, the school’s mascot, a shade structure, or flower pots to use in the Nest, the school’s garden.
But it was the idea of a Nighthawk as the art piece that had the most votes and that the best spot to put it was near the lunch area on campus. They also found from the interviews that other kids liked the idea of the Nighthawk doing a victory pose and that it should be holding school supplies or books. The students spent today’s TRASHformation splitting up into groups to begin the drafting process. The three different groups each started to draft a version of what the Nighthawk might look like. Luckily we had some very enthusiastic and skilled artists who quickly volunteered to be the drawer for each group. One group found it was easier to draw their Nighthawk by deciding what sorts of trash would be used to erect the figure: cardboard tubes for the feet and legs,the paper trash for its wings, and someone suggested old skateboards for the body.
Next week, the students will finish the three different drafts to show to the Principal for approval. It’s then off to the Holiday break for 3 weeks, after which we will come back in the New Year to begin the build process.
Here’s a write-up from D3 Labs about the program so far!