Visual/Performing Arts student contributes to college sculpture garden

Visual/Performing Arts student contributes to college sculpture gardenJames Gray, former Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Student of the Year at Cerro Coso Community College, has added his artwork (shown above) to the college’s Sculpture Garden. “The student fence panel project is an ongoing endeavor of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, which gives advanced students the opportunity to create large-scale, outdoor public art,” said a spokesperson. “It is a long-term project, taking many years to accomplish, and involving students from incredibly diverse backgrounds and artistic interests. It also engages the public in both an immediate and enduring appreciation of art and serves to beautify the Cerro Coso Ridgecrest campus in a thoughtful manner.” Gray is a veteran who once served on an aircraft carrier. He worked in close quarters with a large number of people, whose mission involved dependence on efficient structure, loyalty to the group and singularity of vision. This experience strongly influences his art, and leads us to contemplate the connections between workplace, home, and life purpose,” he said. “The design of the honeycomb structure is both visually pleasing and incredibly efficient. These hexagon shapes save energy, and use the minimal amount of material necessary to build a large, interlocking hive. In the future, I would also like to make several singular bee sculptures and place them around the campus. Bees can travel very far, and this would tie the rest of the campus to the sculpture garden.” — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-06-07