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Tape art creates eye-catching experience

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Wyoming  — You can stare at the sun peeking over the horizon on a tape mural in the hallway at Wyoming High School.

The work of seniors Daira Sinuentes and Deborah Ortiz stretches across a wall outside of the art classroom. Carefully measured lines made from black tape create the optical illusion of walking toward the sun.

“To make it look 3D you need a vanishing point,” said Deborah, pointing to the sun that appears like a silhouette in their piece. “This is the point, and all these lines (rays) go into the vanishing point.”

Said Daira: “We’ve gotten a lot of compliments so we feel pretty proud of it.” 

‘We were going for something fun that would strike people’s eyes as they walked by.’

— senior Amani Jefferson

Advanced art students studied the work of artist Darel Carey, whose work focuses on optical and spatial perception. They sketched their own designs before working with tape to create large-scale versions that now decorate several walls in the school.

Art teacher Elizabeth Duffield said her goal with the lesson on linear perspective was to involve students in a collaborative, large-scale project using a material they don’t often use. 

“It’s getting art out into spaces where people can see it. It’s had a really great response,” she said.

Seniors Amani Jefferson and Isabelle Castro’s design includes purple diagonals, swirls and horizontal and vertical lines. 

From left, seniors Amani Jefferson and Isabelle Castro aimed for an eye-catching design

“We were going for something fun that would strike people’s eyes as they walked by,” Amani said.

The piece by seniors Jovanny Sanchez and Jordan McCormick is a network of geometrical shapes. 

Seniors Jovanny Sanchez, left, and Jordan McCormick created geometrical shapes that stretch across the wall

“It was a really interesting idea for a project — it was really out there,” said Jordan.

Added Jovanny: “It was cool because we worked with perspective and shape and lines.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is managing editor and reporter, covering Kentwood, Lowell and Wyoming. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013, and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio


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