Orme School is a boarding school for high school students a few miles from Arcosanti. Parents of the Orme students suggested building a reading garden in memory of a Ms. McKee.

Art Director Linda Illumanardi decided to take this project one step further. Illumanardi wanted to make sure that this year’s students contributed to the reading garden project.

 

[text: excerpts from Art Director Linda Illumanardi text, photo: Archives volunteer Logan Bier]

 

 

 

After discussing this with David Tollas and Nadia Begin from Arcosanti, it was decided to set relief sculptures (designed in silt) in concrete, rather than in plaster.  This would ensure longevity for the students’ tiles to be mounted to the benches in the reading garden. 

 

[text: excerpts from Art Director Linda Illumanardi text, photo: Archives volunteer Logan Bier]

On May 4, sixteen Drawing and Painting students from Orme School spent the entire day working on this project with a team of four Arcosanti instructors, Ms. Illumanardi, and math and science instructor Ms. Kimbro. 

Students were instructed through the step-by-step process beginning with sifting the silt, and ending with mixing and pouring the concrete. 

The final step was to cover each tile with a damp cloth to set the concrete and prevent cracking.  Students then visited the greenhouse and lower camp, ate a delectable lunch, and then finished the day with a video and tour of Arcosanti. 

[text: excerpts from Art Director Linda Illumanardi text, photo: Linda Illumanardi]

 

The creative team, normally known as the Orme campus’ Drawing and Painting students, wait in eager anticipation to see the concrete tiles.  We are extremely grateful for these generous, supportive, and creative neighbors!  This project was funded by the Fine Arts Purchasing Fund, a special fund created by the sales of the gallery and Coffee Break during the Fine Arts Festival. 

 

[text: excerpts from Art Director Linda Illumanardi text, photo: Linda Illumanardi]

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