- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan high school is marking its 50th anniversary with a temporary garden that includes 2,500 ceramic flowers created by art students.

The flowers for the installation, called “A Sea of Blue and Gold,” represent the more than 18,000 Port Huron Northern High School graduates dating back to 1965, the Times Herald of Port Huron reports (https://bwne.ws/1G1CM2m ). The display is in the school’s courtyard.

The stem of each of the hand-crafted blossoms bears eight or nine paper leaves and each leaf carries a message from a member of the class of 2015.

“It’s kind of a hidden treasure right now,” said art teacher Victoria Hussey. “We’ve done other things throughout the building but we’ve never used this space before. This is an installation and people can walk through, compared to our art show where we have all our 2-D work and it’s flat and on the wall.”

The courtyard is open for tours led by art students this week.

Art student Alyssa Kippen, 17, said she was proud and relieved to see the project come together after planning for it all year.

“Every year we’re known for doing installations but we’ve never done one as big as this,” she said.

Visitors can purchase the flowers and take them home when the display closes. The cost is $5 for a single flower, $10 for three, or $35 for a dozen blue and gold flowers. The sales will help support art programs and orders may be picked up starting next Tuesday.

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Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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