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Water Tower

Adams Elementary

"Water Tower" is a wonderfully creative collaborative sculpture, designed and constructed by nearly 100 fifth grade students at Adams Elementary School under the direction of art teacher Lori Bearss and principal Nancy Burk. This sculpture has been two years in the making as part of the 5th grade art curriculum, and since the students have art class once a week, the sculpture is an ongoing project. The student artists collect recycled water bottles and other clear plastic containers, paint them with acrylic paint, then cut and wire the bottles onto a frame built of wood, wire, and pvc pipe. The artists chose the monochromatic color and design of the sculpture after being inspired by the study of the glass works of artist Dale Chihuly. It has been exciting to see the tower grow and change, knowing that these bottles are becoming a work of art instead of ending up in a landfill!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4 feet
  • Medium: Recycled plastic bottles, acrylic paint, mixed media
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 9 feet

About Adams Elementary

This sculpture is an ongoing art class project designed and created by the fifth grade students at Adams Elementary (Zeeland Public Schools) under the direction of artist and art teacher Lori Bearss and principal Nancy Burk.