Bible recycled for art

Rosthern Junior College students incorporate Scripture into recycled art

May 21, 2014 | Back Page | Number 11
Story and Photo by Donna Schulz | Saskatchewan Correspondent

When it comes to creating beauty out of garbage, Rosthern Junior College (RJC) students needn’t play second fiddle to the Paraguayan Recycled Orchestra.

“Rethink/Recycle”, an art show by RJC’s Peace and Justice Studies class, presented works made from recycled materials, including Scripture texts torn from old Bibles. The show was held on May 6 in conjunction with the Recycled Orchestra visit.

“We need to 're-purpose' the Bible to meet the challenges of the modern world,” said teacher Ryan Wood of the students’ work.

Among the pieces on display were a pop-up book depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and a painting of two forests in the shape of lungs showing the vital role trees play in providing living things with clean air to breathe. A performance art piece by three students illustrated sweatshops in the garment industry. Another student created a Lego diorama representing the conflict in Crimea.

Pictured above, a collage by Mieke Malan depicting a woman bearing an assault rifle with broken crayons for bullets declares, “No longer will violence be heard in your land.”

Wood is hopeful that students and guests at the show “saw the connections between problems in the world today, and the guidance and wisdom in the Bible.”

--Posted May 21, 2014

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