By Shelly Newman
Have you noticed anything new at North Shore High School hanging from the ceiling or hanging out in the cafeteria? No, they are not students but some might resemble them!
Recently, Sara Black’s sculpture class turned the high school into a creative, interactive gallery filled with transparent sculptures. Ms. Black said, “My students created site-specific installations made from clear packaging tape.” She continued, “They had to choose one area of the building and create a sculpture that would interact with the school in some way.”
The life-size figures were inspired by artist George Segal who casted his family and friends in plaster. Instead of plaster, the talented North Shore artists used two layers of clear packaging tape to create their sculptures. For weeks in art class, the students casted each other (or themselves) in tape, one section at a time. Once completed, they were able to piece the individual body parts of the figure together into a life-size form and add props or costumes if desired.
Hollow and light-weight, the figures can hang from the ceiling or even float across the sky! Some examples include famous superheroes like Spiderman, celebrity look-alikes (i.e., Marilyn Monroe), or children engaged in everyday life (e.g., eating lunch in the cafeteria or working on a computer in class).
So, the next time you visit North Shore High School; please stop to admire the many remarkable, site-specific installations. Classmates and teachers have exclaimed that they are “truly awesome” and “so creative, I really love them.”
Photo Caption: Article and photos by Shelly Newman
Artists in Sara Black’s sculpture class at North Shore High School turned the school into a creative, interactive gallery filled with transparent sculptures. Students created site-specific installations made from clear packaging tape