ART EDUCATION STUDENTS COMPLETE MURAL AT DOWNSVILLE
May 29th 2016
ARTICLE BY: THE DUNN COUNTY NEWS
Two art education students from University of Wisconsin-Stout have completed a large-scale art installation at Downsville School — and in the process kept thousands of bottle caps out of landfills.
Abby Henderson, of Eau Claire, and Grace Rogers, of Clear Lake, who are part of Arts Integration Menomonie, began working on the project in February. They spent about 45 hours on the mural, which is seven feet high and 14 feet wide.
With help from family and friends in the final stages, the project was completed in the spring.
The mural is in the style of artist Chuck Close and encompasses the theme of sustainability, utilizing approximately 7,000 recycled bottle caps.
“This entire mural would not have been possible without help from the Downsville elementary staff and students. We really have to thank all of the parents, friends and families who saved up thousands of bottle caps and took the time to help us complete the mural,” Henderson said.
“It is incredible to see the entire community come together to create this large scale piece that will be displayed and enjoyed by many for years to come,” she added.