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Trash transformed

Sculptures created through grant at BLMS

Each Benjamin Logan Middle School student in grades 5-8 had a hand this week in creating sculptures from unusual materials that will be a part of their school’s decor for many years to come.

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LEFT: Benjamin Logan Middle School sixth-grader Jazlyn Logsdon adds a flower Friday to a flower pot sculpture that she and her peers created with a variety of recyclable materials, such as plastic water bottles, straws, plastic grocery bags and twist ties, during sessions with artist Eric Marlow. RIGHT: Flower sculpture created by the students. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Artist Eric Marlow demonstrates to Benjamin Logan Middle School students Friday how to make a “toss toy” at the school during one of his recycling art sessions with students. The toss toy is made from a plastic water bottle, with an attached string and ball of foil and the goal of the game is to get the foil ball inside the plastic base. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

They worked under the guidance of artist in residency Eric Marlow of Columbus to take items that normally would be considered trash — empty water bottles, pop bottles, straws, plastic grocery bags, metal hangers and twist ties — and transformed them into two towering “flower pots.”

Their colorful creations will be on permanent display in the commons area of the school for future guests and students to enjoy.

Mr. Marlow, who has presented workshops for children for more than 20 years in locations around the U.S. and internationally, offered an opening assembly at the school Monday morning. Then the artist worked with individual classes to create the sculptures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

His visit was made possible through a $1,000 Logan County Education Foundation grant funded by the Logan County Solid Waste Management District received by art teacher Jennifer Davis.

“It’s been a wonderful week spent with Mr. Marlow. Our students have been so engaged during his sessions,” Mrs. Davis said.

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