On December 17, 2019, our amazing high school, MSSH, hosted our first incredible event of the holiday season that brought the whole school together. Everyone wore blue or red shirts, all mixing within the design of Florida outside on the grass. In this outdoor activity, the entire student body collectively formed a picture of Florida that can only be viewed from a bird’s eye. This is known as “Art For The Sky”.
The purpose of Art for the sky is to show how sorry we are for destroying our own planet, and we all know we need to make drastic changes right away before it gets worse. This year the art for the sky was about sea level rise.
Around 11:10 am and the announcements came on, Mr. Vinat called down the seniors first, second floor next, and then the rest of the school. The day before all us students were told to wear different colors. The seniors were told to wear a blue shirt under and then a red hoodie over it, so they can change it. The rest of the grade levels had to wear burgundy/maroon or red. We all went outside. It was really hot. There was a big crane and Mr. Daniel Dancer took pictures from the sky. We were told to get on our knees and duck in order for the color to show, we all did great.
The first picture was of Florida at its current state. Then, when the seniors revealed their blue shirts, they represented the water, represented the water rising and what it would look line in the year 2060 where South Florida would be under water. The experience was pretty fun. Everyone was with their friends. And people went around taking pictures of random people, capturing the moment. Most of the students enjoyed Art For The Sky because everyone went around talking about how much fun it was.
According to tenth grade student Matthew Walker:
“Art for the sky is one to talk about. Many students and faculty participated this year. We did the state of Florida and water surrounding it. They made the students get on there knees and show the backs of their colored shirts to the camera. They had drones and a professional photographer. “
Ninth Grade Journalism student, Rolando Piloto, stated:
“Today in our school we did Art For The Sky. The main gist of it is that the whole school wore red and the seniors wore red with blue underneath, we all grouped up in the shape of the state of Florida and they hung from a crane and took still shots and videos. Then those that had blue on took off the red shirts and exposed the blue which symbolized how global warming is affecting Florida. “
Kiera Whipple, Senior:
“It was really hot in my opinion and some of us was wearing jackets or hoodies which made it worse. It was also uncomfortable laying down in the grass because it made us itchy after we got up. The directions was not that clear either on where to go and moving lots of people around. Lastly, not everyone participated in the event so in the picture there was some spot that could have been filled in.
However, the event was a cute idea and turned out nice despite all the minor problems. It’s not like they could’ve change the whether or guide almost the whole school so that was understandable. Plus, it allowed students to take a break from work in their classes and to let them have fun while talking to friends. It was a nice way to end school going onto break as well.”
Ninth grader, Jermaine Nixon, reported:
“Art for the sky was okay but it was just too hot. I didn’t really like art for the sky. I wish I could have stayed home because I am tired today, but I had some fun because I was with my friend. Also, we got to take a picture with the color, with our shirts. Some people might have enjoyed it and had fun because they were hoping for it.”
The topic for art for the sky was realistic as it shows what might happen to our state.
“The temperature that was in the art for the sky this year was 414. The last time it was this hot, there were not any people on the planet.”Lilian Alfonso, freshman
Sea level rise in Florida is a serious topic whereas people might lose their homes. According to searlevelrise.org, in 2016, the water rose to almost 9 inches, 8.59 to be exact. That is a serious issue, and that’s why Daniel Dancer, the man in charge of the project, chose this topic as our art for the sky.
“The auditorium was where the kids who didn’t wear the right color shirt were asked to stay. We had Ms. Robinson give us orders and a packet. Ms. Robinson’s told us to take off are hoodies and to put away are phones. Ms. Ambrose assisted Ms. Robinson in supervising us.
The packet was about how the south of Florida will be flooded if we don’t do something about global warming and the different types of ways we are trying to help south Florida. I can’t get more information because they took the packet from us and I went back to class.”Francisco Mota, Senior