Many of you will remember the last two years the High School art club juniors and seniors have been given the challenge of creating a work of art using old ribbons from previous Oklahoma State Fairs. This year was no exception. Attached you will find pictures, videos, and an explanation of the project. We got the results back from the judging and although we did not win Best of Show, we did receive the honor of First Place for the high school division. Please take a moment to read the explanation page, as it details what the students did, and enjoy the videos and pictures attached. I am beyond proud of these students!
Koi Fish Pond with Waterfall
A visual and audio sculpture by the El Reno High School Art Club Juniors:
Destiny Bailey, Jacie Cox, Creed Felton, and Alec Samples
This year, the Juniors and Seniors of the El Reno High School Art Club decided to create a Koi fish pond with a waterfall. Unfortunately, circumstances did not allow any Seniors to work on the project, so it fell to the Juniors to create the sculpture. These students did not work with the ribbons last year, and the Seniors who did work on last year’s Peacock were unable to help, so there were unique struggles to overcome when working with the ribbons.
Only four students consistently showed up to work after hours and on weekends, logging over 30 hours of time in the art room to complete their sculpture. Other students helped sporadically for an hour or less, and there were approximately 10 students who worked on the sculpture in total. The team leaders were Destiny Bailey and Alec Samples who both spent the most time in the art room coming up with creative solutions to problems that arose. Jacie Cox and Creed Felton spend almost as much time on the project, and were wonderful at taking direction from the leaders and also giving input and ideas when appropriate.
This year, ribbons were bleached, dyed, painted, cut, ripped, shredded, and even hole punched to create the desired effects for the sculpture. The sculpture was put together using a base of chicken wire. Parts of the sculpture were pinned, hot glued, rubber cemented, and even sprayed with a clear coat of spray paint to ensure everything was secure.
Rock colors were painstakingly created using fabric dye and utilising using color theory to grey down ribbons that were the incorrect color. Fish scales were individually hole punched and placed onto masking tape fish bodies using rubber cement to create the effect of scales. Rocks were crafted individually by cutting and shaping floral foam then wrapping and pinning the ribbons to the foam. Hot glue would not stick to the green floral foam, so students had to pin the ribbons.. Hot glue was used to put most of the items together onto the chicken wire sculpture base, with some rubber cement used as well.
Students decided early on to create a sound feature for their waterfall, and the back of the sculpture has a sound machine to help with the effect of flowing water. To turn on the sound, plug in the machine. The cord comes from the back of the sculpture. Once plugged in, lift the back panel to expose the volume control and “Brook” button. Turning the volume up turns on the sculpture and allows you to select the desired volume. Press the “Brook” button once the volume is on. The button must be pressed each time the sculpture is unplugged and plugged back in, or the sound reverts to one of the other pre-loaded noises that came on the machine.