It has been a tradition for many years that St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s art team has been creating huge art displays for the foyer of the school. Each year a new display is created based on the theme for Catholic Education Week.
This year’s display inside the Kenora Catholic District School Board’s school is absolutely breath taking.
This year the display is called “Opening Doors of Mercy” and it’s based around nine different displays that represent the corporal and spiritual works of mercy:
Mercy that Loves (family, mother and child); Mercy that forgives; Mercy that feeds the hungry; Mercy that cares for the sick; Mercy that welcomes; Mercy that rejoices; Mercy that shelters, and; Mercy that prays.
The installation took five weeks to complete and more 70 students were involved. Nancy Prouty’s senior art classes (AVI 4M, 3M, 30), the Grade 9 art class (AVI 10) and Mr. Brunton’s Grade 10 (HRE20) all worked on the installation. The students used themselves as life-sized models for sculptures that are displayed in wooden door frames.
Teacher Nancy Prouty talks about the creative process. “Each year when we hear what the theme is for Catholic Education Week our team puts a lot of thought into how we can create an art display that really captures the essence of the Catholic Education Week theme. As we walk under the display all year long we can be reminded to live out the theme.
Among the sculptures hang iridescent cascades of stain glass-like panels reminiscent of Mondrian design.
Facilities Supervisor, Gerard Dufresne, played an integral role in the design and installation of the artwork and these artwork displays couldn’t be created without his support.
The following images showcase the display, as well as some behind the scenes photos to show the amount of work that went into the project. Well done, St. Thomas Aquinas!