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The Conversation - What would they say?

Jerry Berta's avatar Jerry Berta

The Conversation" What would President Lincoln, President Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talk about? I think they would share in a smile. This piece started out with just the two great American leaders being painted with the thumbprints and hand prints of Ellington Academy. As we worked on the mural and the students started imaging what the conversation might be, President Lincoln became part of the conversation. The mural ended up being 37 feet long by 12 feet high. Instead of using brushes to apply paint students used their hands and fingers to dab paint in the impressionistic style. Up close it looks like a bunch of color dabs, as the viewer moves away from the "The Conversation" between three great American leaders comes into focus. Students from Bowen, Meadowlawn and Explorer Elementary schools in Kentwood Public Schools are also part of this project. Students at Kentwood will be doing a creative writing assignment about this conversation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1'
  • Medium: Painting
  • Width: 36'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 12'