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School One student art featured in I-195 Creative Mile installation

An art installation conceived by School One Arts Coordinator Kristen Jones that includes the work of 18 of her students was installed last month on the banks of the Providence River. The piece, titled Regeneration, is one of 12 chosen for the Creative Mile, the interim public art program on land formerly occupied by interstate 195.

Kristen has encouraged students to be active in the creative community since joining School One’s faculty last spring. Regeneration is based on the idea of repurposing open space, and features recycled metal etched with student drawings to resemble three solar panels.

The student's images refer to their thoughts, concerns and hopes for the future. The works are printed on aluminum sheeting and will provide a reflective quality to both absorb and mirror the sun. Providence artist and fellow School One teacher Monica Shinn was an influential and creative force in helping to fabricate the metal.

Students who participated in Regeration include: Austin Clemmey, Oliver Dotson, JD Elmblad, Brittany Foster, Reece Franklin, Yingzi Guo, Tianyi Hollie Huang, Alex Liu, Darien Murray, Emma Oxenaar, Wil Todesco Perkins, Courtney Rarick, Olivia Renzi, Spencer Riordan, Allison Rogers Louisa Najaar Rulin, Lydia Tomasi, and Ge Sam Yang.

Regeneration was produced with help from RISD alumna Aarti Kathuria, who also has an installation, Panoply, in the Creative Mile. The property's transformation to an outdoor art gallery was made possible by The Link, the name given to the large body of land owned by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission.