SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Sleepy Hollow Middle School students recently unveiled a months-long Science and Art Collaboration project, where they displayed three nature inspired sculptures and discussed issues plaguing the planet.
With the help of adult professional artists, the students created the sculptures out of chicken wire, paper-mache and paint that express not only art, but the concept of man’s relationship with the Earth and the environment. After making presentations to a crowd of teachers, classmates and visiting artists, the students then acted as “docents,” providing outdoor tours of the Middle School courtyard, where the sculptures have been named and installed.
Two of the student docents were eighth-grader Katherine Uyaguari and seventh-grader Joniel Martinez, who helped explain their sculpture “Camouflage.”
The soaring sculpture depicts a woman becoming a tree, with her hands as branches and a light blue shirt that represents the ocean or the sky. The two students noted that the sculpture represents a woman or a man embracing the “soundtrack of nature.”
A “Predator and Prey” sculpture displayed an interesting angle on the modern version of the predators of the human race. As seventh-grader Nikole Goenaga Hernandez explained, “Predator and Prey” features a man, head down and reading his cellphone, to show how modern technology has preyed on humans.
“Most people don’t think of a cellphone as a predator until they’re consumed in one,” Hernandez said.
“Symbiosis,” a third sculpture, features two people made of recycled wood, holding the Earth in their hands. The use of the recycled wood emphasizes that nature should not be wasted. One of the student docents, seventh-grader Biani Neris, was emphatic while speaking about her newfound desire to keep the Earth clean.
“We should treat the Earth like our home because Earth is our home,” she said. “We benefit from the Earth, so why not help it?”
The three pieces are currently displayed in the Middle School courtyard near the access to the Croton Aqueduct, so they are easily accessible to not only students, but to local pedestrians and art lovers.