Building Nevelson-inspired sculpture at Champion school

CHAMPION — Students at Champion schools have teamed up with an artist from the Butler Institute of American Art to create a large Louise Nevelson-inspired sculpture for their school.

Ed Hallahan, an area artist, has spent the past three weeks working with middle and high school students.

Middle School art teacher Sandy Ciminero said Hallahan comes to the school each Thursday to work with students in making pieces planned for the six-foot sculpture to be completed by mid-December.

“This is a special project making a group sculpture will be inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson,” Hallahan said.

Currently at the Butler Institute of Art is work done by Nevelson.

Hallahan describes the project as abstract art with some realism with different shapes and parts of furniture and boxes.

Ciminero said students meet after school for a few hours each Thursday through early-December.

When completed, the sculpture will be displayed in the eighth-grade commons hallway and then moved to the high school next school year. A planned dedication is set for the December 17 board meeting.

“Each student is creating their own sculpture using crates and parts of tables and chairs to create their own abstract design,” Ciminero said.

Brianna Williams, 14, eighth grade, said “I thought it would be interesting to see what each of us can create for the sculpture.”

Joe Costianes, 14, eight grade, said he likes architecture so designing his piece for the sculpture would be fun.

“I tried to have balance in what I put together,” he said.

Each person was given a small crate to paint and then put chair and table pieces inside.

Hallahan and Ciminero said the final product will be six feet tall and have several levels with different sections for the pieces made by the 12 to 15 participating students.

Riley Robinette, 13, eighth grade, said she signed up for the after-school project because she likes art.

“I like being able to be part of an extensive project where several students get to be involved,” she said.

Emma Patchin, 14, eighth grade, said it was nice to be able to experience something different after school.

“It is a different project we have more time to work on,” she said.