Inspired by Chihuly

Northview's East Oakview Elementary art teachers

This sculpture was created by approximately 400 students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade at East Oakview Elementary from Northview Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each student designed one piece to be added to this collaborative sculpture inspired by the famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. While students added color to their individual pieces, teachers, para-pros and parents could help cut the recycled and newly designed materials into new shapes, all while watching a streaming video of Chihuly working collaboratively with other art students to create his beautiful glass chandeliers. Once all of the elements had been newly designed, the art teachers went to work assembling the many individual pieces to work together as one.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2-3 feet
  • Medium: Recycled materials, permanent marker
  • Width: 2-3 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 6-7 feet

About Northview's East Oakview Elementary art teachers

Northview art teachers and friends... Amy Tefft, East Oakview Elementary Art Teacher. Suzanne Butler-Lich, retired Northview art teacher and current Aquinas College instructor. Cathy Duda, retired art teacher and Grandmother to Northview students.