- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - First, Trinity Lutheran students found throw-away objects to make art.

Next up, Trinity Lutheran School will be asking Grand Island residents to find the objects made by its students and then send portraits of themselves posing with the art back to the school.

The Grand Island Independent reports (https://bit.ly/QhSwYN ) the “found art” project is the brainchild of Trinity Lutheran student teacher Megan Eberle, working under the supervision of middle school literature, language and art teacher Jerrita Staehr.

Eberle said the phrase, found art, has a double meaning because the first step is for the students to find objects that normally might be thrown away and then use those items to create works of art.

She said the second step is for Grand Island area residents to locate those art works in 32 locations around the community. Those locations include:

Pioneer Park, Western Edge, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Olive Garden, Long John Silver’s, George Park, The Pivot Man, The Grand Theater, Pier Park, Scooter’s Coffee, Ron’s Music, Sedation Dentistry of Grand Island, Lincoln Park, Stolley Park, Cedar Hills Park, Suck’s Lake, Downtown Grand Island,

Stuhr Museum, Grand Island Public Library, Ashley Park, Central Community College, Grand Island Post Office, Mr. G’s Car Care Center (Frontage Road), Grand Island Clinic, Central Nebraska Humane Society, Cornhusker Autoplex, Good Samaritan Place, Cornerstone Bank (Diers Avenue), and the National Guard Armory.

Once a person has found the art work, they should find a sticker attached with the following message:

“This unique piece of artwork was created by a student at Trinity Lutheran School. Do you like it? Then please snap a pic of you with the artwork, or just the artwork, and share your photos and comments at https://tlsfoundart.webs.com/. We’d love to hear from you!”

Last week, many Trinity Lutheran seventh- and eighth-graders were working to finish their art creations, while a few students in those grades already had their work completed. Sixth-graders are also included in the TLS Found Art project and some of their completed work was also sitting on a desk in a classroom.

Seventh-grader Cayden Benson said he decided to make a steering wheel, then went looking for items that would help him create that object.

He said the interior of his steering wheel is comprised of a wire and a foam pool noodle flotation device, both of which were bent into a circle.

The trio of chrome spokes on the interior of the steering wheel are made from two pencils that were attached by wire. Benson said he wrapped silver ribbon around the pencils to make them look like chrome. He also used black tape to cover up the outer round circle created by his wire and foam pool noodle.

Eighth-grader Erin Maier said she was originally going to make a tree, but eventually decided to make a swing set after giving her project a little more thought. Like Benson, Maier said she went looking for her objects after deciding what she wanted to create.

She said the seats for her swings are made from macaroni noodles and ribbons, while the chain-link “ropes” hanging from the swing set’s cross bar are made from pipe cleaners.

Among the finished pieces of art sitting on the classroom table was a silver shark. Staehr noted that a laundry detergent bottle was enclosed inside the silver exterior. The shark’s teeth are made from cardboard.

Eighth-grader Sarah Sugita said she found her materials, then discovered what she was going to make.

Sugita said she began her project with rewritable CDs, which she planned to convert into flowers. However, when she began applying yarn to the three CDs, she quickly saw that the pattern was more amenable to creating lollipops.

Because she had begun with the idea of making flowers, she also had started out with the idea of using a metal bucket as the “planter.” But when her flowers turned into lollipops, she decided to cover her bucket with lollipop wrappers.

The decision to use the wrappers to decorate the bucket left a lot of actual lollipops that were uncovered, Sugita said. As a result, she filled the bucket with all the lollipops that no longer had wrappers covering the candy.

Sugita noted this was the first time she’d ever done found art.

“I really like it,” said Sugita, who noted that instead of getting instructions from the teacher on what to create, students had freedom to make lots of choices.

“You could take it away and go with it,” said Sugita.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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