IHS students take artwork to lawn

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 20, 2004

My, how the garden has grown.

Visitors to Ironton High School will notice a healthy flower garden Thursday. So healthy, in fact, that some flowers stand nearly 10 feet tall.

OK, so they are not real flowers. A group of 10 IHS seniors in Brennan Lutz's art class have taken sculpting to the extreme. The group created nine giant daisies from 3- to 10-feet tall and an 8-foot graduation tassel that will be displayed on the high school lawn throughout the day.

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"I just wanted to give them the experience of making something on this scale," Lutz said. "Plus, they get to see what it takes to install something like this."

The class studied works by famous sculptors Christo and Claes Oldenberg, who is most famous for his massive clothes pin and button, to help get them inspired.

Senior Leslie Rist said the students really enjoyed the unique project.

"This project is different because it is large. It is bigger than a regular-sized person," she said. "Because we are putting it on the lawn, it is not just something that everyone in the school can see. It is something the whole town can see."

Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate because the sculptures are made of paper and cardboard. The flowers are white with colored centers. The graduation tassel is orange and black.