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Phillips Middle School 2014

2014_Phillips_artist&studentsIn May of 2014 a new outdoor sculpture entitled Three Birds was permanently installed at Phillips Middle School, the result of a collaborative development process between students and a professional artist.  The unveiling ceremony was a part of the school's 50th anniversary and served to mark this important milestone within the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City School System. 

In February of 2014 sculptor Mark Elliott began working with Angela Greene's 8th grade art students to devise and create a permanent, large-scale sculpture for their school.  The students created small-scale models using first heavy cardboard and then tin, through which they also explored the history of modern sculpture, and learned about composition, three-dimensional design, the qualities of different sculptural materials, and the safe use of tools. Three Birds

Every student created a design model.  Then a competition was held to select the design that Elliott would transpose into a permanent 8’ x 4’ steel sculpture for the school. The students, instructor, and school administration all voted on the winning design, a form by Tiffany Jackson.  All the student models were displayed in an exhibit called "Heavy Metal", held at the Frank Gallery in April of 2014.

“This project was a collaboration between myself and the students as we worked together to create a design for a permanent piece of sculpture for the school. The students provided the creative vision while I assisted with scale and feasibility concerns. The sculpture will be visible to all who approach the school by vehicle or on foot, and it will serve as a reminder of the possibilities provided by an Arts education as well as a beautiful and compelling work of art.” - Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott’s residency at Phillips was sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department’s Division of Cultural Arts in partnership with the Chapel Hill - Carrboro City School System, and coordinated by the Public Arts Office and the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission.


Students with Sculpture






                             
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