We decided to make multilevel sculptures, with each level smaller than the previous one. We planned
what shapes to use, then bent stripsof cardboard into the shapes. We froze pebbles in cups of water
and hung the pebbly ice chunks above the sculptures. Then we inserted sticks, rods or metal wire
through the sculptures so that when the ice melted and the pebbles fell, they would hit something.
That's how we created the noise.
Robert said: "The higher up the structure was, the longer the sound of the dripping and bouncing.
Mine was really tall. I had a first level, then a smaller level, then an even smaller level, all circles,
like a castle." It was challenging, but we had a lot of fun making these sculptures.
We divided into groups to make wind sculptures using foam-board pieces. Before we began, we
talked about what we thought the pieces looked like. Some pieces were rectangles, some horseshoe
shapes, and some were just weird. We experimented by tying the pieces together at different
angles. Our windmills needed to have a part that moved with the wind. We wondered, "How would we
get it to spin?" The part had to be balanced and light enough for the wind to move it. To get this
right, we studied wind and experimented with windmills and sailboats. We even made and used a tool
called an anemometer, which measures wind speed.
Ashley, Lindsey and Abby found a shape that was like a girl's head. Ashley said, "Since we all really
like music, let's make a Walkman for her." They used a piece of wire for the headphones and even
added earrings made of shiny purple paper to complete their windmill sculpture.
In another group, Joey, who has sight, said that sometimes he had to think about how to explain what
he meant to Sherrill, who is totally blind. Together, they made a basketball goal. Sherrill used wire to
shape a rim for the goal. Then they painted it. Sherrill said that although she had played basketball
in gym, she didn't understand how the goal worked until they made the windmill sculpture.
Jason and Joseph made a wind dragon. "The dragon's head and tail spun by catching the wind, and
his whole body moved in a big circle. We used dowel rods to make it spin," said Jason.
We were inspired by these sculptures and decided to try to communicate through
our own sculpture creations! We invented two types: ice sculptures and windmills.
Our Own Sculptures
"Since we all
really like music,
let's make a
Walkman for her.
Sherrill said that
although she had
played basketball in
gym, she didn't
understand how the
goal worked until
they made the