The District 233 school board gave its blessing to an outdoor mirrored obelisk sculpture for the Homewood-Flossmoor High School campus.
Students and art teacher Greg Petecki explained the concept for the project at the April 4 board meeting. This will be the 12th sculpture students have created. Others are scattered about the campus and last year’s piece is in front of the Flossmoor Public Library.
Students in the sculpture course are Dyeisha Garrison, Paul Monteih III, Rachel Rusek, Iesha Thompson, Ashley Dureke, Joshua Platz, Olivia Ryan and Kathleen Schmidt. Under Petecki’s direction, they spent several classes talking about concepts, what they wanted their sculpture to represent and how they would design and build it.
In addressing the board, senior Olivia Ryan said students selected the obelisk shape for the class project, “Power of Reflection,” because it represents the highest power and stability. They decided to cover it with mirrors. They were inspired by noted artist Antoni Gaudi’s public sculpture mosaics in Barcelona, Spain.
“The purpose is our country is undergoing an integral shift in its history. We want this piece to represent a historical time,” she said. The sculpture will depict strength, stability and unity of the country and H-F.
The fractured mirrors are representing individuals with their own ideas showing “we can come together to create something magnificent and powerful,” Olivia added.
Joshua told board members the sculpture will cost approximately $750. Students in H-F’s Project Lead the Way Program helped with the design blueprint. Students will be constructing the project in four layers in the H-F Wood Shop.
The skeleton will be treated wood covered with cement board. That will be covered with a layer of mortar that will allow students to press mirror fractures into the mortar. The final layer will be grout applied between the mirrors.
The project will stand 12-feet tall. It will be located in a courtyard of the South Building near the gym and cafeteria entrance. It will be completed in May.
Petecki said creating art “takes ideas and through hard work and the process of figuring out how to do something with those ideas students can make their ideas a reality.”
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