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Students memorialize 'unrealized potential'


by: RENDERING COURTESY: ROCHELLE HARPER - Partially emerging spheres made with a metal armature will be constructed in manufacturing classes at Sabin-Schellenberg Career and Technical Center.Manufacturing students at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional-Technical Center in Clackamas will help create sculptures to memorialize children who died in wars or were victims of genocide.

Every high school in the North Clackamas School District will participate as ceramics students make mosaic tiles covering a large portion of the sculptures’ surface. The spheres represent the project’s concept of “unrealized potential.”

“We see this as a starting point, so students will influence the outcome quite a bit in their sculpting of the tiles,” said project coordinator Rochelle Harper, a ceramics and broadcasting teacher. “It also allows for students (and the public) to connect to the memorial in a variety of ways regarding grief and loss.”

Students will install the sculptures on the high school campuses of Rex Putnam, Milwaukie and the tech center, along with creating a memorial garden at Clackamas High School.

Some 380 students from a spectrum of elective classes will be involved in the effort, including Holocaust studies, broadcasting, sustainable systems, welding, graphic design and computer-aided design.

“This project will reinforce learning and skill development through meaningful experience,” Harper said. “It brings together students across our community and unites them in the development of a public healing space to reflect on loss and unrealized human potential.”

Students will have the opportunity to work with several professional artists on the effort: Doug Macy, landscape architect and Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer; John Laurson, graphic designer and ceramic artist; Tim Gabriel, metals artist; Sandra Preston, mixed media artists and Arts as Memorial specialist; Lynn Adamo, mixed media and mosaic artist.

Harper also expressed her appreciation for “the creative passion and professionalism of the teaching team that will lead this effort.”

Grant-funded field trips will take students to visit the Holocaust Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Japanese Internment Memorial.