I think you're implying that the students will depict their own triumphs and conquests rather than replicating Trajan's, or create their own personal, 21st century totems, right? I'm traveling in Egypt at the moment on winter break and my eyes have been treated to amazing relief sculptures all over the country. My favorites have been the tomb reliefs to assist the deceased in the afterlife (such detail!) but that might be a bit morbid for teens.
I remember a sculpture assignment from college where we had to take a container of some sort and create a new container for something entirely different--I remember I used carpet tubes but dang if I can remember what I made with them!
Or, could small holes be easily cut with a small handsaw to allow light through (or even from) the tubes? Maybe create a sort of kinetic effect with a tiny motor inside?
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On Feb 5, 2012, at 9:58 PM, Margaret Angstadt <> wrote:
> I bought four, ten foot long, 12 inch diameter sonotubes with an idea
> for using them in a sculpture class.
> (Sonotubes are those heavy duty cardboard tubes for pouring concrete footings.)
> These four tubes have such potential!
> I've cut one in half, just to see what cutting these tubes entails and
> how to control that cutting.
> I've thought of horizontal as well as vertical formats; singles as
> well as a grouping...
> What other materials? Where and how to display?
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