A rainbow of color greets visitors to Lakeview middle school in Kansas City’s Park Hill School District. Visible from the glass entry is a large wall mosaic well over one hundred square feet.
Is it a bird? An ocean sunset? A garden? Make your choice, because the work is actually an abstract design viewers will enjoy interpreting for its own merit.
Why is this artwork special? Created by the school’s art club, this gorgeous mosaic is constructed entirely out of recycled plastic. Yes, round plastic lids carefully held into position with small Phillips-head screw in the center of each circle. These little sun inspired shapes make the light, so often dreary in middle schools, sparkle and shine.
Sparkle and shine are just the words for how students and staff feel about Lakeview middle school. A proud Lakeview employee explained that staff and students worked together for over a year to collect enough lids of each color and size to begin the piece. Students took time out to paint the wall behind the mosaic with matching colors to each type of plastic lid taking several days for the installation to be completed early in the 2011-2012 school year.
Park Hill Schools are striving hard to enter into the green living movement so prevalent in Kansas City: They are well past their third year of the walking school bus program, celebrated earth day 2012, and they are in the process of completing LEEDS certification. The Park Hill School District also received the Missouri Quality Award. According the Park Hill school district, “Park Hill is the first school district in the 17-year history of this award to earn the distinction.” An award which recognizes ‘an organization’s commitment to meeting its customers’ needs and to using the best-available processes for everything it does.’
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