Is it possible to simulate for students the eye-opening, transformative experience of international travel in a virtual format? Over Winter Break, Director of Global Education and Engagement Julia Dunbar and History Department Chair Dr. Megan Jones gave it a try.
The Pingry community will recall that internationally acclaimed artist Willie Cole visited both campuses in the winter and spring of 2018 to work with students on sculptures made of plastic water bottles, about 80 percent of which were collected by the Lower School; students in Grades 4 and 5 made small human figures, while students in Basking Ridge created a giant human figure. That giant sculpture was displayed outside the Hostetter Arts Center for the end of the school year, but it has since relocated to the Short Hills Campus—where students dubbed it "The BBBG" ("Big Blue Bottle Giant," inspired by Roald Dahl's The BFG, or The Big Friendly Giant).
“This display brought the project full circle for the Lower School. It is extraordinary for the Lower School students to see how the bottles they collected created this large-scale figure. They even got to watch Mr. Cole during installation. The bottle figure looks magnificent against the lush foliage of the Short Hills Campus and continues to provoke conversations about plastic bottles and their abundance in the world around us.”
- Lindsay Baydin P ’26, ’29, visual arts teacher
“3BG allows our students to imagine the possibilities of art and how we can use art to make a positive impact on the environment.”
- Dr. Sandy Lizaire-Duff P ’25, Assistant Director of the Lower School
Watch a video produced by Lower School visual arts teacher Russell Christian:
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, email@example.com