2008-06-06 / School News

Celebrates Earth Day With Public School 43

Students stack their individual pieces onto the sculpture in the garden.
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and sculptor Ethan Long assisted PS 43 students in completing an environmental sculpture. The class, led by Jo Anne Ellis, spent the past two weeks finishing and engraving individual pieces of wood, which were combined to create a "beach tree" sculpture.

The sculpture was made from wood discarded during the recent Rockaway Beach boardwalk renovation. The boardwalk, built nearly 100 years ago, was made from Greenheart wood which originated in the Guyanese rainforest. One purpose of the project was to show the students how this type of wood could be recycled and used for other uses and in this case as an art form.

The sculpture was "planted" the day before the Rockaway's Earth Day celebration in a garden space which students created off Beach 30 Street near the boardwalk. The collaborative project was supported by the Department of Environmental Protection, Levitt Foundation and the NYC Environmental Fund.

Ethan Long works with students to determine the final presentation of the sculpture.
Pictured are Ellis, Long and the PS 43 art class. 


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