28 DECEMBER 2016 SchoolArts
flowers—they would combine them
into a single giant structure.
The Bigger Picture
Such a dramatic, collective project
would expand students' learning to
include concepts such as ecological
responsibility, team building, and act-
ing locally to make an impact globally.
To make this plan a reality,
the Dale Chihuly Collection in St.
Petersburg, Florida, which showcased
many of his magnificent sculptures.
When I saw his chandeliers, I knew in
an instant that a chandelier would be
perfect for my students to create.
I contemplated the design and con-
struction of an armature for the
chandelier. Because my artroom is a
large open space, the armature could
extend 6' (1.8 m) in diameter and 8'
(2.5 m) in height. The result looked
like a sort of Christmas-tree form
made of chicken wire.
I used three large trash cans taped
together to structure the bottom
of the form and gradually worked
upward, closing the form in a little
as necessary. I folded the wire over in