Being at an international school with a diverse student body led for incredible conversation with students about what it means to be in community, what communities we all belong to, and how our school becomes its own community made up of many. We discussed many artists who touch on community and representations of community.
My students fell in love with the large scale works of El Anatsui that combine concepts of materiality with ideas and perceptions of community. As a response to his work, the students planned, designed and created this mosaic. The bottle caps we used are materials from our own shared community and the owl is our schools mascot, representing our shared values. It was installed over the summer, and when the students returned in September they were delighted to see all of their hard work on display.