Garrison Forest became a living art museum as Upper School students installed works across campus throughout the month of January. As part of art teacher Diane Yu’s Color Theory class, students used the school campus to create art installations inspired by theories learned in class and statistical data.
View their artist statements, along with a few videos, below:
Charlize Cramer, Lindsey Gonzalez, Annie Groner, Lauren McEachin
Our infographic installation, a skirt on the ballerina statue, highlights the growth of women in the US Senate from 1965-2017. This is depicted through the ribbon bar graph at the bottom where every one and a half inches of ribbon represents 1% of women in Senate. In more recent years, the percentage of women in the US Senate changed drastically which shows how women are now having a greater impact and voice when it comes to political issues. Surrounding the bar graph, there are different empowering words that describe women which were chosen to place an emphasis on the amazing characteristics of women and hopefully lift spirits of others. We used contrasting colors to allow the words to stand out in the background.
Ellie Bossi, Elizabeth McGee, Jessi Nemec, Riley Patro
This is an installation with light and bright colors to transform the mood. We are in winter, which is a very dark season, and some people even have seasonal depression. By walking past this window, it will hopefully brighten up people’s days. We chose this design of triangles overlapping outside of the dining hall, because people have conversations with overlapping thoughts and interests.
In this installation, we created a swing adorned by opaque colored plastic shapes, hanging on a tree in front of Manor House. The conceptual element of the project is to create a relaxing area for anyone to sit on to relieve their stress. The sheets of plastic around the tree create a radiant aura in contrast to the dull and monotonous scenery of the winter. In certain periods of the day, the light will stream through the plastic and demonstrate the theory of transparency, which was a key topic that we explored. Transparency is also shown on the design of the swing because there are overlapping circles with specially picked colors. We mainly used bright colors in order to elicit positive feelings from those who interact with our installation. The God’s Eyes (Ojos de Dios) are a traditional craft from the Huichol people of Mexico. They protect whatever they are hung near and the “eye” represents the ability to see what is otherwise unable to be seen. All are welcome to play on the swing!
Oh The Places You’ll Go
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is an interactive world map inspired by our diverse community. It showcases both the variety of nationalities within our student body and past/future destinations we may have in common. The intention of our piece is to spark conversation about our similarities and differences relating to our origins, experiences, and interests. In addition, we utilize color association by providing an assortment of string. The user is urged to pick a color that reminds them of home, effectively stating that you carry home with you wherever you go.
Lindsey Bowser, Lillian Groysman, Cailyn Trip
This installation is a representation of values we have as a school. Each pillar and the doors represents our five core values: be curious, be compassionate, be authentic, be brave, and be spirited (displayed left to right). The colors displayed on the pillar were chosen by students at Garrison. A survey was sent out where students associated a color to the core values. With the data we collected, we made gradients for each pillar depending on which colors were associated most with each core value. The gradient effect is a theory that we learned in class about using a color and making it tinted or shaded to look as if it is changing from one color to another. We designed the pillars with triangles in all different angles and sizes because just like the students at GFS who can all be unique and themselves while still being a grizzly. Middle school is a transitioning period for students and the gradients on the pillars express this stage in life. The installation was made using the vinyl cutter and transferred onto the pillars and door. We hope as faculty and students walk into the building, they are uplifted with joy and creativity.
Under the Debris
Our installation is a visual representation of the pollution that has accumulated in the Chesapeake Bay. We spray painted all the bottle caps, plastic pieces and strips of fabric shades and tints of blue and green to represent the Chesapeake Bay. We then hung the bottle caps on pieces of fishing line to show how many plastic bottles have ended up polluting the waters. Just this year, there was a total of 594,800 plastic bottles thrown into the Chesapeake Bay. Since we ended up using around 450 bottle caps in our installation, each individual bottle cap represents around 1322 plastic bottles. The installation features a mixture of light and dark greens and blues.
Our installment is an infographic that demonstrates one of the first theories we explored in this class-- how color can hold a wide array of psychological responses for different people. This project shows how students associate color with certain school subjects-- math, english, science, history, world languages, and the arts. Each of the six “paint spills” consists of different colors in proportion with the percentage of people who relate that class with each color; for example, if 40% of people say they associate the color blue with math, then approximately 40% of the paint spill will be blue. We created all six of our installation pieces by painting on sheets of mylar, then cutting them out and installing them in the locations where each subject’s classes are held. We collected this data through the survey we sent a few months ago, and we were inspired to turn it into a fun visual representation that students would interact with on a daily basis.
The Color Theory Installations will be on display through March 4.