Building The Whale

Whale Form
First Casting
Second Casting

For nine weeks in the Fall of 2017 Ms. Williamson’s grade 5 students meet with artists Laurel Paluck, Kathryn Bahun, Christy Haldane, Hilary Wear and Hartley Stephenson, once a week to discuss and learn about the history of plastics and how they’ve come to travel through our society and environment. Using science as our guide and art-making as a solution, we created bags, fashions, and this big ol’ whale from the single-use disposable plastics we collected. Chi Giigoonh now hangs in the hallway of Queen Mary School, reminding us of where we do not want plastics to end up, while teaching us to consider new ways to re-invent our plastic world.

The Whale!
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