As we drove to church with our car full of trash and an easel, my spouse said, "None of this is coming home with us, right?" I said, "Right."
Once I had the three dresser drawers and the trash laid out, I worried that we might not have enough raw materials to create shadow boxes:
I needn't have worried. This group of people are up to any task.
One group layered their drawer with pages from old hymnals:
I started with some old candles and the branches from the banana tree that Hurricane Irma destroyed.
When I started ripping an old map, people's eyes lit up. The locations are places where I've lived, places that feel lost to me now:
One group took a wrapped box and went in a different direction--cool! The box was wrapped for part of a Christmas display at my school, and then I used it in my Baptism of Jesus altarscape (it was covered in fabric, but it provided height). And here it is, transfigured again:
I was impressed with what we were able to create in just 45 minutes:
Here is how the box covered with hymnal pages ended up:
And here's how we will use them in the chancel:
I'm calling this a success: hurricane trash transfigured into works of art. In some ways, it's the opposite of the Ash Wednesday message--except that eventually, these works of art go to the trash bin where they were headed in the first place.
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