Art Students Create Sculpture for Haiti Relief

NIU art students in two sections of 3-Dimensional Foundations, under the guidance of instructor Benjamin Stone, have designed and created a sculpture which is currently being auctioned here on ebay - all proceeds will benefit the earthquake victims in Haiti. The piece is entitled "Parcelles d'espoir," or "Pieces of Hope."

The piece has already received press in The Courier-News and the Daily Chronicle. On Tuesday, February 23, the students and the piece will appear on the morning show of WGN-TV.

According to Stone, "This piece was created to exemplify the importance of solidarity in a time of crisis. Our project does not shrink from the grim reality of the tragic earthquake that ravaged Haiti but instead engages it as a powerful reminder that the day-to-day lives we all take for granted are ultimately fragile. Built on a steel assembly formed in the shape of the hope and awareness ribbon, it was intended to represent the positive opportunities provided by reconstruction and renewal. As the world joins hands in sympathy and support of the citizens of Haiti, we put our hands together in the creation of this humble gesture in the hopes that proceeds from its sale at auction will help in the recovery effort. In form and composition it reflects that from ashes and devastation emerges creativity, compassion, and the goodness inherent in art and humanity."

We encourage you to click on the ebay link above and bid on the piece!

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