Make a Wave
2020, High School, Art
This installation was a joint project created by our high school ceramics class. Our class has a chance to put up an installation every year, and in brainstorming, we decided we wanted to create a project that would mean something and help enact change. Once the theme of the ocean was chosen, the class began sketching ideas and then collaborated to combine our visions for what this project would be. After building the waves that make up our installation, we tested glazes and chose the most fitting, and then worked to put each individual piece we had created together. Our installation is made up of a bunch of unique waves with different colors, curves, and shapes; each individual shape coming together to create a larger picture. The shadows and layers we have created work to make a dramatic visual effect that leaves an impression on the viewer. We want this installation to create a dialogue in our community. We want our installation to remind people of how beautiful the ocean is, how important it is to the world, the very real possibility we could lose it, and the necessity of taking action to save it. Students, faculty, and parents are invited to take small pieces of our installation (rain-drop shaped ceramic pushpins), and we hope that when they take home and share our art, they will also share our message with their family, friends, and the larger community.