....a different type of crafting!
This is not strictly a project that fits in with my usual ones, but it does class as crafty.
Each year in February, Cambridge holds the e-Luminate festival. Very simply, for a few nights in a week different parts of Cambridge are lit up or there are art installations in place. Very pretty! We had an opportunity as a school to host a display, and to help set one up.
The hosted display was an Orrery (a model of the solar system). It was made of wood, and cogs and bike parts, and was powered by humans. Each planet is an Earth beachball of different designs; the point of each planet being an Earth was to demonstrate the idea of the human condition, and that we have a big impact on a lot of things (both positive and negative). The artist and his engineer also kept eyeing up all the bikes around Cambridge. It looked beautiful set up:
The display we helped make was called Liter of Light (spelling is correct). The artist works with a charity who go to developing countries and help people create solar powered and environmentally friendly lights, using old 2L bottles. Our students were asked to decorate some bottles to create a stained glass effect display. It was beautiful, and lovely to see all their hard work on display.
I also snuck in some other pictures of a colourfully lit Cambridge