Eye for an Eye will Make the Whole World Blind

Term: 2 Year: 2016

Each year at Catholic Regional College St Albans we undertake a Community Arts Project which incorporates an element of recycled materials.

In 2015 we received a very generous donation of recycled timber, salvaged from an old ammunition store in Tottenham. We utilized the planks of hardwood to create our community sculpture. The starting point for the project was the exploration of what Martin Luther King once said: ‘An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind’.

All year levels (7 – 10) were invited to contribute to the piece. The deconstruction of the quote gave students the sense of freedom to respond through paint, pastel, ink, collage or pencil. They brainstormed, discussed, researched and experimented with many ideas. In exploring the meaning of ‘an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind’ in contemporary society, the students were both challenged and inspired. Many took it upon themselves to include personal quotes that they felt were relevant.

This project created a sense of ownership and excitement within our community. The sculpture was assembled and unveiled at our annual Images Art Exhibition. The students were awestruck and extremely proud of their work. The piece sits proudly in our library as a permanent fixture.

Flora Petruccelli
Visual Arts Teacher
Catholic Regional College St Albans

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