Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... into a work of art

Last week, amidst the arrival of incoming 9th graders for Summer Prep and the return of TMA students for summer school, the TMA community welcomed an amazing addition to our building. This addition, created by TMA students, came in the form of a 6' x 6' mixed media piece of artwork.

Students were commissioned by the Earth Day Network to create a piece of art that demonstrates TMA's commitment to environmental activism on the occassion of the first annual TMA Earth Fair. Each of the 12 border panels was created by students and addresses a different environmental theme: public transportation, solar power, wind power, growing local food, river clean up, pollution reduction and recycling to name a few.

The level of detail in this work is simply impossible to capture on film (on memory card?). Click on any of the pictures below to see them in their detail filled, full-sized glory.

The recycling panel uses actual pieces of newspaper and plastic cups in the recycling bins.

The TMA "wonder student" is capping factory pollution with real wine corks.

The lower right panel shows a TMA student growing local food and uses real dirt from our Green Club's organic garden.

Art teacher Byron Johnson then tied these themes to our school building in the centerpiece of the work.

I am so proud to work in a school alongside students and faculty who have the talent and vision to create such a special addition to our school. Thank You!!!


  1. This mural is a great example of the creative genius our students exhibit everyday. Who said lawyers aren't artistic? - Mr Ullery

  2. Our class walked by the mural today and the kids were in awe.

  3. What a great way to show your appreciation for our Earth. I look at those pieces of art every time I come down and walk up the stairs and it makes me think of our Earth and how vital it is for us to save it for future generations.

  4. I really love this art work! I took a picture of it and now it is the wallpaper on my laptop (for a little while is was the wallpaper on my phone).

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