Ceramic Sculpture Brightens BHS Stairwell

By Allie Herskovitz

"What BHS Means to Me"
“What BHS Means to Me”

Something bright and beautiful has been added to a BHS stairwell in the past few months. Have you noticed? Actually, this ceramic wall hanging is hard to miss and a wonderful new addition to the walls of our school. Inspired by Dr. Jean Linville, the sculpture consists of glazed clay tiles designed and created by the eleven members of her Studio in Sculpture (ARTSC100), Period 1 class. Working over a two week period, each student crafted an individual tile with the unifying theme “What BHS Means to Me.” The tiles include images of school spirit, special classes, afterschool activities, and graduation and include soccer balls, musical instruments, a school bus, a paint palette, and a cupcake. Contributing to the overall piece were classmates Laura Birnbaum, Lizzy Boyle, Josiah Cobbs, Sean Crowley, Marissa Gelfand, Kelsey Horowitz, Michael Jones, Youssef Kassem, Allison Kaye, and Erika Zirman. Describing her own two tiles, Lizzy Boyle had to say, “I really enjoyed making the BEAR paw tile and the graduation cap. I am happy about how the whole piece turned out.”

The project has been very well received by students, faculty and visitors. When asked what others are saying about this new piece of art, Dr. Linville said, “Everyone has had a very positive reaction, and they are really enjoying the piece. They say it brightens the stairwell and reminds them of what BHS means to us all.” It is a large installation and the class has expressed their thanks to the custodians who met the challenge to hang the piece. They also expressed appreciation to Mrs. French who gave this work her enthusiastic support.

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