Special thanks to teacher Mr. Paul Best for sharing images of Lynnmour Xá7elcha Elementary’s own version of ‘Merge’.
Each of the ~40 students from Monique Zander’s grades 3/4 and Mr. Best’s 4/5 classes contributed multiple 3″x9″ bands of beautifully rendered blends, textures, and combinations of colours based on parts of nature they had just observed on our short walk outside. These handmade bands and their overall arrangement – thanks to Mr. Best & helpers – results in a more organic-looking version of the original public art piece!
I had a wonderful day yesterday at Lynnmour Xá7elcha Elementary in the District of North Vancouver. The school is right across the street from the ‘Merge’ artwork.
Last October I was contacted by teachers Paul Best and Leslie McGuire, who had heard my interview about the colourful acoustic barrier wall on CBC’s ‘On the Coast’ and invited me to visit the school and talk a bit about the project.
After a brief presentation to Monique Zander’s grades 3/4 and Mr. Best’s 4/5 classes on how the colours were chosen from references in nature, everyone went outside with pencils and notebooks in hand to notate the natural colours they could find in the ‘Merge’ neighbourhood. Back in the auditorium, all 40 students made colourful, abstract stripes, using oil pastels to represent the found colours before arranging them into one large and fascinating conglomeration – their own version of ‘Merge’!