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The Gordon School

Starting small, thinking big

Beginning a large-scale collaboration involving hundreds of students

Tim Ferland of the Steel Yard came by today with a scale model of the Well, the Middle School’s three-story shared space. 

It’s a tool that Middle School students will begin using next week, as part of sculptor Rena Rong’s work at Gordon as the twenty-fifth annual Britt Nelson Visiting Artist.

Lower School students have already begun their contribution to the project, designing and cutting out shapes in construction paper. 

Next, they’ll remix and refine these shapes, then turn the shapes over to the Middle School, who will assemble the pieces into the final installation. 

It’s an iterative process that will include every student’s ideas while allowing those ideas to evolve in parallel to the entire project.

The residency will produce two metal collages, each approximately nine square feet, as well as three mobiles and a painted steel mural to hang in the Well.

The final product is on track to debut at the annual Grandfriends’ Day in May.

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