Norcross Arts Center Looking for Student Design Team

An outdoor sculpture made of salvaged telephones is planned for downtown, but the Norcross Arts Center is asking for design help from students in Gwinnett.

Calling all art groups and students!

Norcross Arts Center Director Lori Sturgess is searching for students in the Gwinnett area to work on outdoor sculptures to be placed downtown.

Students would help Sturgess design a piece of art made from salvaged AT&T phones and phone parts, which she and Sustainable Norcross saved from a Cemetery Street home last year.

The arts director kept onto the pieces for a year and a half until she found a way to recycle the outdated materials.

"The concept of creating a series of outdoor sculptures out of all these parts was born, and the proposal was created by artists meeting at the Norcross Arts Center," wrote Sturgess in a call-out flyer for students.

The group of students, led by either a parent, mentor or teacher, would meet with Sturgess to have a design charrette and shell out ideas on the sculpture for one month. Sturgess herself then would execute the 3D design and install the sculptures in Heritage Park, the walkway area between and . After several months, the work would eventually move permanently to The Nest grounds at 17 College St.

Sturgess said she aims to have all the sculptures completed by December before it gets too cold. Students will be given credit as a team, and certificates of participation also will be presented in a formal ceremony.

For those interested in helping out or for questions about the project, contact Lori Sturgess at 678-429-3005 or lori.sturgess@gmail.com.

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