Tree taking shape on grand staircase


Dylan Keller

Junior Charlotte Shively hot glues cardboard pieces Monday for a public art project.

Dylan Keller

Not every tree begins with a seed. Some can grow from nothing but a roll of tape.

The floor of the grand staircase hid under five huge sheets of cardboard, four junior students, three exacto knives, two cutting boards, and one roll of masking tape.

“The most beautiful thing in art is nature, so we decided to make a 9-foot tall tree out of cardboard and construction paper,” said junior Chase Pelter.

Pelter, along with the other juniors, Charlotte Shivley, Suzana Gilmartin, and Keller Horlock, chit chatted among one another as they concentrated on their tasks. Two were hot gluing, one was cutting pieces of cardboard, and the last was tracing small rectangles.

Mr. Anthony Suber, an Upper School visual arts teacher, made rounds offering his assistance.

“I love to think that you can express your ideas visually and force people to think from their eyes,” Mr. Suber said.

Mr. Suber has offered “Public Art, Installation Art, and Experiential Art” as an Interim Term class for the past seven years. The class includes field trips to Houston’s most prominent public art pieces, murals and established public art organizations.

“This class has shown me to respect and appreciate the culture of all different types of art while exploring the ways that other people may view art,” Pelter said.

Although artist may create art with an intention, it can be interpreted in many different ways.

“Some people see this as just a light fixture, but I see it as art,” said junior Suzana Gilmartin.

Each student is expected to create a group art project by the end of interim term.

While one group has planned to create a jail cell, another has crafted wooden blocks to be placed on the stairs leading to the third group’s cardboard tree.

Despite what their project may be, all three groups will have explored the artistic world.

“Taste the cardboard; it tastes like art,” Pelter said.