Student artists build Ordway sculpture

Published 10:08 am Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Twelve Austin High School Art Club students were invited to build a sculpture out of cans and boxes of food donated by General Mills in Rice Park outside the Ordway Theatre. Last year, Hormel donated the food for the sculptures.) This project is part of the annual Flint Hills Children’s Festival in St. Paul.

AHS was one of three high schools selected to participate in this project along with Patrick Henry High School and Twin Cities Academy, and it was their second year to be selected.

The theme for this year was Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial, so they decided to create a huge sculpture of Minnesota. The sculpture took three days to complete, and was more than eight feet tall. Juniors Danielle Jondal and Dana Schroeder worked with AHS’s 3D Art teacher Barry Brobeck as lead designers of the project.

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The Flint Hills Children’s festival features the best in theatre, puppetry, drama, music and art. Most performances are free, and performances on the Ordway stage cost just $5.

The cans used in the sculpture were donated to food shelves when it is torn down.