If you read the paper this morning you know the answer this riddle.
What is equal parts art, engineering and philanthropy, and happening at the Taubman right now?
Roanoke’s first “canstruction” competition. Duh. It benefits Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Yesterday I got to take a look as teams worked to construct their sculptures made of cans. I want to share some comments that didn’t make it into my story from teacher Natalie Strum.
Strum, who teaches at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology, kept a watchful eye over her enterprising students Thursday. She said while challenging, the project was an important opportunity for her students.
“They get to bring artwork to life, but apply math and engineering to a physical sculpture,” she said.
Strum said her team of students had to overcome few obstacles that their competitors didn’t face. (The Burton kids were the youngest to compete.) For instance time was a major factor. While other teams had summer to begin working on plans, Burton students were out of school for the summer.
Not to mention there was the question of making sure students could get transportation to the museum (since some don’t have driver’s licenses) and they weren’t really able to practice assembling the sculpture either.
“We were nervous,” she said adding they want to exceed expectations.
She also explained that her students artistic vision was totally theirs.
“I wanted to do a box of crayons,” she said, but adding her students had other (more elaborate) plans.
So, what did you think of the sculptures? Will you be going to check them out? They are on display until Oct. 12.