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Re: [teacherartexchange] Tubes: 12" diameter, 10' tall/long


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 11 2012 - 17:17:24 PST

Can the tubes be cut into units. Perhaps looking to some contemporary sculptors, Tara Donovan or Maya Lin to use in some type of units to create a piece?

--- On Sun, 2/5/12, Margaret Angstadt <> wrote:

> From: Margaret Angstadt <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Tubes: 12" diameter, 10' tall/long
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Sunday, February 5, 2012, 2:58 PM
> The list is pretty quiet these days
> so I thought I'd see if anyone
> might be interested in applying their creative juices to a
> purchase I
> made last year...
> 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.)
> My original thought was to create of some sort of relief
> work >>based
> on<< the idea of Trajan's Column(s), using celluclay
> for the frieze.
> There are numerous historical monolithic columns where the
> relief
> tells of history, conquests, and such.   We
> have a gazillion boxes of
> celluclay...(Ordered 2 boxes one year and were sent
> 20!  And the
> company just said "keep it"!)
> Theme:  I search for a theme that high school students
> can >own< and
> one in which they can be personally invested.
> I've asked students for creative uses for these. 
> Native American
> totems are the first thing that come to mind for students.
> 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?
> If I make it exterior, it becomes (I think) a bit more than
> I'm
> willing to invest (it has to make it through Vermont
> winters/ice...)?
> We do, however, have a covered 'colonnade' in the front of
> our school
> (I think about five columns) and these sculptures could
> potentially
> hang horizontally between these posts.  If that choice
> is made, then
> the sculptural approach/component would be different from
> the
> vertical...
> I teach part time: middle school students (6 week rotation
> program)
> and two high school classes : clay sculpture and digital
> photography.
> The mid-winter doldrums have settled into my brain. I am
> hoping for a
> 'starter' to get creative questions going for myself and my
> students.
> In advance -- I thank you all!!!
> Peggy
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