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Summit Middle School Students Migrate to Village Green, Study Public Art

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Students exploring a 'Shadow Migration' sculpture. Credits: Estelle Fournier
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SUMMIT, NJ - Prior to summer recess, students in Mallory Mortillaro’s sixth grade class took a field trip to The Village Green where they studied 'Shadow Migration', the steel sculptures of Wendy Klemperer.

The Lawton C Johnson Summit Middle School language arts students, 100 in all, viewed the 'Shadow Migration' pieces representing animals that were once threatened but are now rebounding and thriving. Klemperer’s art has been displayed on the Village Green since November of 2016.

After they talked about the artwork, the students used the sculptures as inspiration for writing haiku poetry as part of their Poetry Slam unit.

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Klemperer’s sculptures are a temporary art installation commissioned by Summit Public Art, which was founded in 2002 as the Mayor’s Partnership for Public Art and has been working with artists to enhance the City by displaying contemporary art in Summit public places.

Temporary displays are changed every six to 12 months, and several permanent works have been installed as well. Summit Public Art receives no City funding; all money is raised through grants and private and corporate donations. For more information contact summitpublicarts@gmail.com.

 

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