Presentation College Bray undertake Green School Project
Date: 15 Feb 2016
The Green Schools Committee in Presentation College Bray have been working tirelessly as a community to encourage and nurture green awareness within the school, and to extend these values into students' local communities. While working towards the criteria for a Green Flag, they have sought to broaden their goals. In the development of cross-curricular links and out-of-class activities, they have been working on an art project exploring issues relating to green awareness and their global consequences.
They have been exploring the concepts of global interdependence and intergenerational equality through the lens of materials and energy usage, waste, litter and recycling. They have explored the role of personal responsibility and that relationship to the greater world context; even exploring the links between litter, waste, emissions, global warming and conflict. They have also collaborated with 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World around facts relating to sustainability and consumption.
Having completed lengthy research around the issues, students began to envisage ways to give form to their growing interest in green awareness. They settled on a sculptural form. The sculpture has morphed and evolved in progress in response to the ever-inquisitive nature of the students involved. Essentially, they have created a pyramidal mountain (human sized) with a pipe wrapped around and through it. The pipe is a metaphor for West/East, North/South and Urban/Rural consumption and dumping patterns and the associated values and consequences. The mountain is then the result of this dumping and it forms the stage for a human battle for survival (made with mainly reclaimed wiring). The apex of the mountain hosts a single tree and swallow which towers above and out of reach of the clamor of human existence. The swallow flying from the tree is the last symbol of hope in the dystopian landscape created.
The students hope to exhibit the sculpture in the local area after its exhibition in the school to meet its aim of advocacy within the local community. The school is deeply proud of all involved and would like to thank the green schools committee for its total commitment to the attainment of the flag and the goals and values associated with the attainment of that aim.