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Re: Large Outdoor Sculptures

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Sat, 30 Oct 1999 08:59:13 EDT

Susan, here's ideas for large outdoor sculpture, although you've probably
considered this- why not use plywood to create a totem of some sort? I would
have the students make their own tagboard templates and then transfer their
designs to the wood. Perhaps one of the high school woodworking classes,
maintanence/building and grounds dept., or parents would be willing to cut
out the designs. I use a product called Luiquid Nails for attaching wood to
wood or anything to wood. Of course you can also use nails. I have used a
primer and latex house paint on wood and it holds up beautifully outdoors.
There was an excellent article in School Arts or Arts and Activities last
year (spring, I think) which had a lesson on Contempory Totems for outdoors.

Here's another idea that I got from a course I took this summer called Art
and the Enviroment. Vines can be used to create large sculpture. Twist and
tie them to create the shape you want. People in our class made deer and
other animals. Also, you can use reeds. One of the presenters at the
National Conference in Washington and at our NY State Conference showed us
how to make large sculpture from reed. His name is Ken Vieth and his book is F
rom Ordinary to Extraordinary (an incredible book with all kinds of ideas).
Hope this helps, Susan on Long Island