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Read Between The Signs

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Read Between The Signs

  1. 1. Read Between the Signs Meaghan Farrell Jami Mattson
  2. 2. What Is It? <ul><li>1,200 ft. long, and 9 ft. wide sculpture made entirely out of recycled road signs </li></ul><ul><li>Features solar and wind-powered kinetic components </li></ul><ul><li>Located on Route 322 in Meadville, surrounding PennDOT’s storage lot </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who Makes It? <ul><li>Started in 2001 by the Arts & Environment Initiative and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and local schools </li></ul><ul><li>Every year students in the district get together to brainstorm new ideas and imagery for it </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2001, more than 1,000 people have participated in some way </li></ul>
  4. 4. Thoughts/Ideas About It Beforehand <ul><li>Not very detailed/ basic </li></ul><ul><li>One theme </li></ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul>
  5. 5. Initial Reactions <ul><li>Very long/ bigger than expected </li></ul><ul><li>More detailed </li></ul><ul><li>Many themes </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul>
  6. 6. What We Saw <ul><li>Lots of road signs </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting use of materials </li></ul><ul><li>Different themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Winter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carnival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What We Felt <ul><li>Physically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal signs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smooth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curved </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rough </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scratched for texture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal bolts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspired </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What We Heard <ul><li>Cars going by </li></ul><ul><li>Wind </li></ul><ul><li>Birds </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our Questions <ul><li>How was it made? </li></ul><ul><li>Who made it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it created? </li></ul><ul><li>How long did it take to make? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Personal Connections <ul><li>We see road signs every day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New context, new view </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We have interacted- in real life- with all the scenes depicted </li></ul>
  11. 11. Curricular Connections <ul><li>Have students think of and draw more scenes that could be made </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See if they could be submitted and used for the structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask the students if they can think of other everyday things that could be used to create structures/pictures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the most practical one and have a craft day, doing just that </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Cross-Curricular Connections <ul><li>Language Arts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a section of the sculpture and tell the story behind it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a character from one of the scenes and make them the main character of a story explaining what’s happening in the scene </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a narrative connecting the changing scenes in the work into one, cohesive story </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cross-Curricular Connections <ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about the recycling process and why it is important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan a school-wide recycling project to see which grade level can recycle the most </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use objects that would normally be considered “trash” to create new, recycled “treasures” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss ways in which students can recycle in their everyday lives </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Cross-Curricular Connections <ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a section of the artwork and estimate how many signs were used to create it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss the street signs that are seen everyday and what they’re used for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a walk around the school and point out signs; try to figure out what each one means </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Possible Line of Inquiry <ul><li>Aesthetic: How did the artists behind “Read Between the Signs” use recycled objects to create art? </li></ul><ul><li>How did they create texture, depth and shape using flat, two-dimensional objects? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Our Reflections <ul><li>Before “getting to know” the piece we thought that it was a good idea to use signs as roadside art but did not think much beyond that. After we took the time to become familiar with the sculpture, we were able to see much more in the piece. We were impressed by the intricate details the artists were able to create using the road signs and the realistic nature of the designs. We were enthralled by the depth and texture that was created using flat road signs. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Our Reflections Cont. <ul><li>In class, we talked about “noticing” the world around us and paying attention to everyday works of art. “Read Between the Signs” exemplifies both of these concepts. When we first drove past the sculpture we thought it was cool and it interested us but it wasn’t until we took the time to stop and really examine it that we saw in it a true work of art. </li></ul>
  18. 18. References <ul><li>http://ceed.allegheny.edu/ </li></ul>

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