Go to the ArtPrize mobile app.
ArtPrize has a new mobile app for 2021! Learn more here.


Mar Lee School

R.E.F.U.S.E. Recycle Everything For Understanding Simple Earth. Every day we put many pieces of paper into the recycling bin never giving much thought about what will happen to them. Is it possible paper is more precious than we realize? This interactive sculptural artwork takes what has been tossed aside and forgotten and uses it to make a beautiful spiraling illustration of continuation, renewal and longevity. In the center of the artwork is the earth: the heart of our existence. The spiral is a common symbol of renewal and continuation. It is a prevalent force in our world and universe. While the origami cranes, made from paper from our school recycling bin, represent longevity and the origami butterflies are symbolic of rebirth. The sculpture is a collaborative effort created by the 4th-8th grade students at Mar Lee School and their art teacher.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10'
  • Medium: Paper, fishing line, beads, bamboo, rope
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8'-10'

About Mar Lee School

This project is lead by Michele MacInnes, the art teacher at Mar Lee School. Students from grades 4th-8th contributed by making the origami cranes and butterflies. Much of this project was possible because of the dedication of Grace and Megan Larder, Gunnar Ousley, Matthew and Natalee Noel, Megan Neitzel, and Rachel Bieler.