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Re: Christo

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ELENI53
Thu, 21 Nov 1996 14:54:47 -0500

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Dear Kathy,
Thanks for sharing your long post on Christo..... Someone in my past
conversations on the net offered a wonderful lesson about Christo, which I've
since done...and it turned out terrifically and prompted much conversation
and interest,
I'm sorry to say I lost who shared it...but it went something like this:
Discuss public art and Christo's particular brand of environmental art... the
controversies that are brought up, who it effects, and possible responses to
the art installation. Have students choose a site at the school, preferably
outside (picnic tables, play equipment, etc) and sketch what the item would
look like if "wrapped". Also write out who it will effect (principle,
parents, other students) and possible controversies, how long it will be
up/covered, etc. Then have the students wrap the subject with black material
(I used a flat black ground cover material sold to keep weeds down, found in
the gardening department at a local hardware store- cheap) and black yarn.
White sheets could also be used, but I found that black had a terrific look
about it. Finally, compare/contrast the finished project with the sketches,
and the people who were effected by the installation. It always turns out
unexpected....
'Leni
ps... be sure to take pictures and notify the local paper.....

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