Art Students Get Hands Dirty to Make Sculptures and Support RecycleMania

February 6, 2014 -- Students in Lynn Johnson’s 3-D design class have proven that they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to creating cool art in support of CNM’s participation in RecycleMania.
July 16, 2015

copy2_of_art1.jpgThe students spent days digging through dumpsters at CNM and behind stores throughout the city looking for cardboard boxes -- all in an effort to gather recycled materials for use in creating the planar/slice form sculptures that were erected on the grassy area around the Student Resource Center, until high winds and winter weather took their toll.

“Our idea was to raise awareness for the RecycleMania happenings and events by creating our collaborative class assignment with recycled materials rather than using costly art supplies and materials and adding to the landfill,” Johnson said.

The result were five sculptures made with cut cardboard, tabs, slots and hot glue. The students could only use flat card board to create the 3-D figures. “I told them the end sculptures had to be my size physically – either horizontal or vertical,” the instructor said.

She added that the students did a great job in the week they had to make the whimsical sculptures that included a perplexed elephant studying an instruction book, a metamorphosing caterpillar, two children getting a kite out of a tree, a picnic turkey with ants and a partying rhinoceros.

The card board sculptures were scheduled to be on display through Feb. 11, but they didn’t survive the recent wind and snow. But the effort definitely lives on.

"They were destroyed, but on a positive note, they were recycled," Johnson said.

CNM began its participation in the RecycleMania Tournament on Feb. 2. More than 600 colleges and universities from around the country, including some in Canada, are competing. For two months, the weight of recycled materials from all CNM locations will be weighed by Waste Management and reported to RecycleMania. CNM is competing against community colleges around the country in this annual movement to increase awareness about recycling.