Dowell Middle Schol art students released almost 500 helium filled balloons with pieces of personally made origami attached for a school project earlier this week.
Each paper artwork was covered with a design made by an art student. Folded inside of the origami was a haiku poem written by a student on one of two following topics chosen by classes collectively; what we are thankful for and our dreams. Pieces about dreams were attached to white balloons and those about thankfulness to red ones (appropriately the colors of the Japanese flag).
Each piece is unique with an identification number and a scannable QR code. As the balloons drifted away from the school into the unknown they will eventually land and some, hopefully, will be found. In seeing the QR code on the paper artwork that fell from the sky, it is our hope that curiosity will nudge finders to scan them with their phones. That will lead them to our blog where they can learn about the project and report back to students about where they found their origami and their thoughts about the artwork.
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By Chris Grider
Art Teacher, Cockrill MS