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May 8, 2009

Art students create a sculpture garden at S.J.C.

Story PictureFollowing months of planning, the faculty and students of the Arts Program at the Saint John’s College Junior College inaugurated its newest project, a sculpture garden located on the campus. The garden was created by lecturers: Yasser Musa, Damian Perdomo and Kirkland Smith with help from students of the three-dimensional designer class. It is not the typical garden and instead of a floral setting, metals and stones are used to provide a creative inspiration. News Five spoke with the artists who told us more.

Yasser Musa, Art Teacher, Art Centre, S.J.C.J.C.
“We always have good spaces for two dimensional projects, art projects like painting, drawings, photography. But we’ve always had a kinda crisis as to how do we deal with sculpture, how do we deal with three dimensional works, objects and so we came up—the art centre faculty—with the idea of using a part of the art centre outdoor space to create an environment that is beautiful and that can present a perfect setting for the sculptural works by the students.”

Damian Perdomo, Art Teacher, Art Centre, S.J.C.J.C.
“It is made possible by the ideas that the faculty came up with and the students of the creative projects class of S.J.C. of sixth form worked on. They are the ones that actually did the labor that you see here today. It has been a lot of work. I believe the students have exercised the skills that they have developed in their two years here.”

Duane Moody
“What kinda creativity was put into it and what inspirations you guys had to making it?”

Daniel Salinas, Art Student, S.J.C.J.C.
“Well basically, they gave us a plan of what it was to look like but we changed up the whole set up and we put in a lot of work into it.”

Duane Moody
“How long did it take to create it?”

Jamie Leal, Art Student, S.J.C.J.C.
“Well we actually start from the first week and as you can see it was a three weeks process. So it might look simple, but it required a lot of labor.”

Jaime Figueroa, Art Student, S.J.C.J.C.
“We’ll just like to thank the Art Centre and Mr. Perdomo for giving us the opportunity to express ourselves and to show other people what S.J.C. has to offer and how we could all combine and unite to create one sculpture.”

Yasser Musa
“Might seem weird or they might seem different, but that is what’s powerful about art that it provokes us and that it inspires us and that it builds in us a sense of goodness and a sense that, you know, things are really beautiful.”

According to Musa, the project was made possible through donations from various private entities. The cost of the project was approximately two thousand dollars, but the artwork is priceless.

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