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PHOTOS: SEC Students Unveil Garden Project

Students in various programs at Richfield's South Education Center have been working with a local artist to create a community garden.

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Editor's Note: The following information was taken from a release from district employee Karen Bendtsen.

Students in the Intermediate District 287 programs at worked with artist Anne Krocak for the 2011-12 school year to and a variety of mosaic and concrete pieces to go with it.

To celebrate their art, the students held an unveiling ceremony Wednesday to share their creations with the community.

Students started the project by visiting the Walker Art Sculpture Garden to do research on and learn about public art and sculptures. They studied artist Alexander Calder while creating wind chimes for the art garden and a mobile for the school.

They also designed and created clay tiles to put in their concrete stepping stone for the garden path, and made mosaic birdhouses and concrete sculptures with concrete sculpture bases to hold them. These were put together to create garden pole sculptures. Garden seating was created with concrete stools and benches that were finished with beautiful mosaics. The planting beds have been planted with vegetables by the students in the South Education Center Alternative high school in the building.

This collaboration was funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, which is funded by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

The garden is completely open for viewing by the public.

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Kirsten June 04, 2012 at 02:14 AM
How fun!
Theresa Guthrie June 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I love it! The garden is so beautiful! Thanks Anne and Karen!
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Yes, they all did an amazing job! If you have a chance, inside the school there are other pieces kids created and a giant mosaic mural of sorts. I couldn't believe this was done by teenagers!
Deb C June 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Richfield Art Center's Facebook has a slide show from the opening. http://www.facebook.com/RichfieldArts

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