Visiting Artist Creates Sculpture With Sixth Graders

Known throughout the country for his large-scaled sculpture and installation work, Brian Rust spent October 19-20 at Heathwood Hall a visiting artist. The sculptor helped our sixth grade class create "Rammed Earth Botanical Sculpture," a piece that may now be found adjacent to our Nord Intermediate/Middle School building. Inspired by the near-by magnolia tree, the clay-and-cement piece is in the form of a leaf. The project is part of the students' Integrated Art/Science Project, which combines their science study of soils, their humanities study of body and other disciplines.

"The students immersed themselves – physically, intellectually and creatively," explained Intermediate/Middle School Art Teacher Clare Scurry. "Mr. Rust worked so well with our students and we are so fortunate that he could share his talent and knowledge."

A professor at Augusta State University, Rust also presented an evening lecture about the "Earthen Bridge" piece that is located at the Botanical Garden at Clemson University.