An artist that travels around the country making mobiles for schools and communities has made his way to Charlottesville this week, and now students at Buford Middle School are getting a chance to get in on the action.
Earlier this week students watched as artist Kevin Reese built a 13-foot hanging mobile at the Paramount Theater. Now, it's their turn.
With funding from the Paramount Theater, the city of Charlottesville, and the Sarah Lahr Educational Fund, the students are building something the whole school can be proud of. They're in the process of making four mobiles during their art class. Each structure is eight to 10 feet wide.
"So it's really going to be kind of cool. We're going to have this art in each stairwell," Reese said.
All the mobiles have a theme like space and stars.
"In the process they're learning math, geometry, physics, art, of course, they're learning teamwork," said Reese.
The students are working together on the project. Each mobile is made up of lots of little pieces which are coated in flame-retardant, painted, then put in its proper place.
"Someone may have cut this piece out but someone else is going to flameproof it, someone else is going to paint it, someone else will balance it.. that's all part of it, you're part of this big thing," said Reese. "There's less isolation here, more connection and a sense that we all worked on this together."
The mobiles will be installed Friday. Three will hang in hallways at Buford, and one will be placed in the lobby of the Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.
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